How to choose a new water heater system for your home.
When it comes to selecting a new water heater system for your home, there are many different aspects you should consider before deciding on one. Each water heater system is different in its own way and you may find that some are not a good fit for you. There are different fueling types, sizes, and costs. Here are some things to think about before choosing your new water heater.
Lets start with types of water heater systems.
- Conventional Water Heaters- Conventional Water Heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water
- Tankless Water Heaters- Uses your homes space heating system to heat up water
- Solar Water Heaters- will use the suns heat to heat up and provide hot water.
- Tankless/ On Demand-type water heaters- will heat the water directly without any use of a storage tank.
- Heat Pump Water Heaters- will move heat around from one place to another, instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water.
Here are some key things to consider when picking out a new system.
- Cost- before you make a decision on what kind of water heater you want for your home, you should consider and estimate the annual operating cost and compare them with other options.
- Size- you want to make sure your new Water Heater will be able to provide hot water for the whole house and maximize efficiency. In order to do this you will need to consider the size of your water heater.
- Energy Efficiency- You will want to know how energy efficient a water heater is before you purchase it so you can maximize your energy and cost savings.
- Fuel type and availability- The Fuel type or energy source you choose for your water heater will not only affect the water heaters annual cost of operation but also its size and energy efficiency.
When choosing a water heater it is important that you are aware of its fuel type and that it will be available to you.
- Fuel Oil- Fuels conventional storage water heaters and indirect combination water and space heating systems. Available in most areas of the United States.
- Electricity- Fuels conventional storage, heat pump water heaters, tankless or demand-type. Widely available in the United States.
- Natural Gas- Fuels conventional storage, demand-type, and combination water and space heating systems. Widely available in the United States.
- Solar Energy- Fuels solar water heating systems. Is available throughout the United States.