Searching for new water heaters isn’t always on the top of everyone’s to-do list, but it is an essential for a happy, functioning home. And if you find yourself suddenly needing to replace your hot water heater, it can be stressful! But we have some tips and pointers below to help you find the best type of water heater for your needs!
There are three common water heaters: Conventional/Tank, Tankless, and Hybrid.
The conventional water heater has a large tank in which it stores hot water in. When choosing this type of water heater, you’ll want to consider its capacity first… consider how many people are in your household and how much water you tend to use. Typically, these water heaters are available with 20 – 80 gallons tanks. The average family of four may take several showers, wash several loads of laundry, and run the dishwasher a couple times a week, but that doesn’t mean you will want an 80-gallon tank. Research the average tank size for your family’s size and needs, to help you make an educated guess. If you are concerned about running out of hot water, you may want to consider a Tankless or even a Hybrid model.
A tankless water heater will heat the cold water with a gas burner or element as the water passes through the water heater and they do not store any water. Tankless water heaters may require a larger up-front investment, but they do tend to reduce energy consumption by as much as 30%.
Hybrid water heaters use a heating element and a heat pump that pulls in air and extracts any available heat. The water is then stored in a tank, like a conventional water heater. If you live in a warm climate and install an electric hybrid water heater in your attic or garage, you will actually save money as the heat pump will suck the hot air out of the room. These heaters also require a bigger up-front investment, but they are considered the most energy efficient models available.
Whatever type of water heater you select, always compare any available warranty. Typical warranties range from 3 – 5 years – but sometimes you can pay for a longer warranty.
Hopefully the information above will help you choose the best type of water heater to use in your home!