Five factors to consider when choosing a water heater
If the time has come to invest in a new water heater , you may be surprised how many options are available to you. Making a smart choice is important, since heating water accounts for nearly 20 percent of your energy bill.
Here are five factors you’ll need to consider when choosing a new water heater:
- Water heater type
Generally speaking there are three categories of water heater from which you’ll have to choose:
- Conventional (or Storage) water heaters, which store hot water in a tank until it’s needed for use;
- Tankless water heaters, where water is heated instantly on demand; and
- Indirect water heaters, which use your home heating system to warm water.
You’ll need some guidance to choose among these types, but generally speaking:
- Conventional water heaters cost less up front but are less efficient than tankless heaters, so your monthly bills will be higher.
- Tankless heaters are extremely efficient, offer unlimited hot water on demand, and are more compact, so they’re better for tight spaces.
- Indirect water heaters require integration with your home heating system, so installation is more costly than conventional and tankless water heaters.
To talk about what type of water heating system is best for you, contact us.
- Fuel type – The fuel you use to heat your water will affect how much it costs – sometimes dramatically. Dowling sells both gas- and oil-fired water heaters; contact us to learn more about what we offer.
- Size – You need enough heating capacity to meet your family’s need for hot water, but not so much that you’re heating water you won’t use. Right-sizing a water heater can get tricky without help from a professional.
- Energy efficiency – Right sizing, the efficiency rating of the water heater itself, proper installation and maintenance, and other factors affect efficiency.
- Total Cost of Ownership – Make sure you compare all factors that influence the true cost of a water heater – including cost of fuel, life expectancy of the unit, and more.
Whatever option you choose, it’s a good idea to service your equipment regularly to keep it running at peek efficiency.
Contact Dowling today for a FREE estimate on a new, high efficiency water heating system for your NJ home.