You take a lot of time picking out a new home, a new vehicle, or even a new book to read or TV show to watch. That’s because these are things you care about and pay a lot of attention to. Picking out a new water heater, though, may be a task you don’t want to put much effort into. It seems like all water heaters would be the same, but this simply isn’t the case.
While it helps to have a professional technician to advise you before you make the final decision, we think it pays to take time to consider all of your options before choosing a new water heater installation. Here are our tips on what to consider for a system that deserves some thought, one you want to keep around for many years to come.
Tank vs. Tankless
Most homeowners start by deciding whether they want a tank or a tankless water heater. The fact is that tankless water heaters are an investment, but they can save a lot of money over the years. While a conventional tank water heater wastes energy heating water all day and night, a tankless water heater only heats the water when you need it.
Still, tank water heaters have their benefits. Water usually reaches the faucets and showers faster since hot water is stored. The cost of installation is lower, and there are some efficient systems out there today.
Gas Vs. Electric
Next, you’ll need to decide whether a gas water heater or an electric model is best for your home. Electric tank water heaters use up quite a bit of electricity. Even when they are “high efficiency” models, electricity is costly, and you’ll likely pay far more than with gas water heaters.
A gas tank water heater is the way to go when you have access to natural gas. Otherwise, a tankless water heater or a heat pump water heater may be right for your home.
Heat Pump Water Heater
A heat pump water heater is an electric system that does not have to continuously generate heat. Instead, it moves heat from place to place—from the air around the unit to the water inside of it. This is a much more efficient way to generate electric heat for enough water for a large household.
Energy Efficiency and Sizing
Energy efficiency is, of course, an important factor if you want to save money in the long run (and help the environment while you’re at it). However, you should also make sure you have the proper size of system for your household. In a home with 3 or 4 people, 2 showers should be able to run at once without one person running out of hot water. That’s why you should work closely with technicians to get the right fit!
Aside from this, what’s really important is that you have the right team installing your new water heater. Otherwise, you may run into many problems throughout its life. Improper installation is one of the biggest causes of trouble for any new home system.
Get professional water heater installation in South Valley, NM from Axiom Home Services, Inc.