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Selecting a New Water Heater For Your Home

Posted on: September 9, 2014

When selecting a new water heater for your home, there are a number of important things to consider. First, you need to ensure that the water heater will provide enough hot water during peak demand. Second, water heaters are rated for efficiency, which is found on the EnergyStar label. And finally, their are very different technologies available to heat water.

Ensure You Install a Sufficiently Sized Unit

If your current water heater struggles to provide enough hot water, there are two options. You can upgrade to a larger tank style water heater, or convert to a newer, tankless style water heater.

Tankless or Conventional Water Heater?

While tank water heaters have the lowest initial purchase price, they typically have a shorter lifespan and use more energy by having to keep a large volume of water hot continuously. Installing a water heater blanket can reduce heat loss and lower energy use.

Tankless water heaters heat water only when it’s needed, meaning less energy is used and there is a continuous supply of hot water. While they are more expensive to install, they typically last more than 20+ years and can save up to 34 percent on energy costs.

Have questions about hot water heaters? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, our hot water experts can answer all your questions.

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