Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
As many of the federal regulations surrounding home water heaters changed in the spring of 2015, homeowners now have a variety of options to consider when they are replacing an old heater or purchasing one for a new home.
The basics to consider include initial cost, energy savings, heater size and type of fuel used to run the heater. This overview can give Sherman Oaks homeowners the tips they need to speak knowledgeably with water heater installation professionals.
Conventional Storage-Tank Heaters
The type of water heater with which most homeowners are more familiar is this conventional style. This heater consists of a large tank that generally holds around 55 gallons of water or less.
They are popular because they are normally one of the cheapest options and can be run by most common fuel types, including electricity, natural gas, oil and propane.
Many homeowners appreciate having large quantities of hot water readily available for showers, laundry, dishwashing and more.
On the other hand, a tankless water heater eliminates the conventional tank and can be the perfect choice for smaller homes that may be cramped for space.
They can heat water with either electricity or natural gas although natural gas is preferred for high demand heating. While they can save energy and space, they may not be a good choice for people who live far north where water is cooler because they can struggle to heat very cold water to a comfortably hot level.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
These newer water heaters are coming more into vogue as increasing numbers of homeowners have heat pumps. Heat pumps use electricity to take warmth from the air or from deep in the earth and transfer the heat to the cooler water.
They can be up to two to three times as energy efficient as a conventional water heater can be, saving a great deal of money over several years.
Choosing the right water heater for one’s home is as easy as considering one’s budget, space requirements and fuel sources.
Today’s energy efficient models may be a much more lucrative choice for many because of the amount of money they will help to save over several years and because of their Sherman Oaks positive impact on the environment. A professional plumber can help homeowners weigh the pros and cons of each choice and install the best water heater for them.
Not sure what water heater works for your Sherman Oaks, CA home? Call Plumbing Brothers & Rooter at (855) 336-2679, and get the best advice from the professionals.