How to Choose a Water Heater
When you are looking for a new water heater, it helps to think about the needs of your family rather than what you have heard about the best setup from friends or family.
You know how you use water in your home, so only you can make that final determination. The three main types of water heaters (conventional tank, tankless, hybrid) all have their individual benefits. You just have to work through the pros and cons of each and find the right fit for your home.
Water Heater Basics
Do you know the differences between the types of water heaters available on the market? It bears thinking about if you are going to invest time and money in a water heating system. Installing a new water heater is a long term commitment, so getting the right kind for your home is essential.
You will always have stored heated water with a conventional tank. This option is economical when it comes to installation costs. You will need to store the water heater tank in a space such as a closet, garage or basement. You will get between 20 to 80 gallons out of a conventional tank, and efficiency depends on a number of factors. The model, brand and fuel source will all affect how well a conventional tank runs.
This is the traditional type of water heater most homeowners are familiar with. Gas and electric are the fuel sources used with conventional tanks. Water is stored at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit 24 hours a day and can easily provide hot water to large homes with equally large families.
Tankless Water Heater
This type of water heater doesn’t use a tank. It heats water using a gas burner or electric element. If you do opt for a tankless water heater, there is a large up-front investment involved. This type of heater can be hung on a wall and doesn’t take up much space. If you are in a property part-time, you may want to consider a tankless water heater. Although there is an upfront payment, energy consumption is reduced by up to 30 percent with a tankless heater – and that means money in your pocket. If you have a large family, heavy usage may be an issue, as the tank can run out of water when overused.
This is your eco-friendly choice if you are interested in sustainable housing. A tankless water heater is typically installed near the bathroom or washroom. However, it is capable of supply water to any other wet rooms in the home regardless of its position.
Hybrid Water Heater
The hybrid water heater uses an electrical heating element and heat pump. Ambient air is pulled in from outside using the heat pump, and any available heated air is utilized within the system. Again, there is a large up-front cost associated with a hybrid water heater. The good news is the heat pump is able to supply more hot water – and much faster than a standard electric water heater.
A hybrid water heater uses advanced technology that makes it possible for the heat pump to draw ambient air from outside and separate the hot air to provide you with hot water. The hybrid is designed to service your entire home, so don’t fret too much over location – although it does make sense to keep the unit close to where it is most needed.
Water Heaters and your Home
Besides the basic benefits of each water heater, you need to consider how many people are in your home and how much water you expect to use. The last thing you want to do is run out of water, so take note of the capacity for each type and how that relates to the number of people living in the property.
For tank water heaters you are looking at gallons per person. For instance, 1-2 people would use 23-36 gallons of water, so you need to get a tank with the right capacity for your household. The manufacturer will provide a guide for the exact capacity of each tank and the number of people it can comfortably supply with water.
Tankless water heaters work on a completely different principle, known as Gallons Per Minute (GPM). You will need to calculate your GPM for each appliance’s usage. When you have the GPM for each appliance, they should be added up to get the total GPM. Next, it is important to determine your home’s requirement temperature rise. For further help with these calculations and the installation of your water heater, you can contact Mason Mechanical.
For all your water heater installation needs, reach out to Mason Plumbing in Mesa, Arizona. Our services and our team will provide you with high-quality installation, repair, and maintenance of your water heating systems, whenever you call! You can also fill out our online form to contact us.