Like the old adage goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s how many of us feel after experiencing a cold shower unexpectedly when the water heater goes out. But water heaters aren’t things we commonly shop for until one fails. A smarter approach is researching options and understanding the condition of your existing water heater so you’re prepared when cold water surprises you. Contacting a water heater specialist like Service America to discuss choices before trouble starts is also helpful. These experts have industry and manufacturers’ data that help guide decision-making. Some of today’s newer models, for example, can recoup installation costs in just two years and save a family of four up to $3,500 in utility costs over the unit’s lifetime.
The follow are a few tips to consider when investing in a new water heater for your home.
Fuel Options. Determine what type of fuel makes the most sense for your home. If your current water heater uses electricity, you might opt for another electric model. Consider natural gas options, if there is gas available in your area, as this version offers energy savings. Oil and propane water heaters are other options and though less expensive to operate, they often cost more up front. Another item to consider is utility discounts for off-peak rates, which could generate additional savings associated to electric water heaters.
Identify Your Needs. When shopping for a new water heater, consider your use. Look for options that satisfy your hot water needs, while using as little energy as possible. The energy efficiency of a water heater is indicated by its energy factor (EF), an overall measure of efficiency based on the assumed use of hot water per day.
Research Options. There are just about as many types of water heaters, as there are flavors of frozen yogurt. Before making a snap decision on a single model, research the various types of water heaters available and always consider your hot water needs.
Installation. Water heater installation is a difficult job, so consider hiring a professional contractor. Make sure the company is experienced with the type of system you intend to install. If the system is integrated with your heating system, have a heating contractor put in the water heater. Contact several companies and evaluate bids carefully. Additionally consider warranties, service, and reputation in additional to the costs for labor.
Remember, the experts at Service America are always ready to help you with your water heater needs. From a new purchase to installation, our techs are standing by and ready to help you.