You rely on your water heater to provide hot water for showers, hand washing, washing your clothes, cleaning, and more. When it’s time to replace your existing water heater, you might want to consider the new energy-efficient or convenience features that are available. Here are a few things that you should know about choosing a new water heater system for your McMurray, Pennsylvania home.
Increase Energy Efficiency With a Tankless Water Heater
A tank water heater is always using energy in order to maintain a constant supply of hot water. A tankless water heater only heats water on demand. When you turn on the hot water fixture, it triggers the unit to start heating water. Within a few seconds, there is hot water coming out of the faucet. It only uses energy when you demand the hot water, and it is 24 to 34 percent more efficient, explains the Department of Energy.
Add Convenience With On-demand Heating
A common complaint about tank water heaters is that they run out of hot water. If someone in your home takes long showers, or a few people take consecutive showers, the hot water could run out. An on-demand tankless water heater keeps heating water until you turn off the fixture. They heat water at a rate of up to six gallons per minute, so the last person to shower won’t get stuck with cold water.
Consider the Fuel Type and Cost
According to the Department of Energy, consider the fuel type, its availability and its cost. In some places, propane and natural gas have volatile prices or higher costs than electricity, but typically can be lower. The annual operating costs vary based on fuel type, tank capacity and manufacturer. Most manufacturers list the estimated annual costs of operation on the product’s owner’s guide or manual.
For more information about how a new water heater could benefit your home, check out Valley Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.’s services, or call us.