Water Heater

Most common water heaters work with two types of fuels or energy and they are gas and electricity. If your family is small and you consume less water, then an electric water heater is the right fit for you. Even after considering that electricity is expensive then gas works best. For larger families, you need a gas heater. As your hot water consumption is more, you need an adequate source for continuous supply. However, you need a due consideration for the availability of the gas line or possibility to extend the gas line up to your heater.

It's most necessary that you quantify your need for hot water in terms of the gallons per hour or GPH. This is also termed as FHR or First Hour Rating. Typically, this requirement should be the first step towards the purchase of the heater. If you select a model with overcapacity, you may end up spending more as you will be forced to heat more water than necessary.

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Tank or Tankless

Another most crucial decision is about buying a tank or a tankless water heater. Tankless heaters are commonly known as on-demand heaters that do not need water storage reservoirs to function. They use electricity or gas and heat the flowing water directly as and when needed. On the other hand, storage water heaters store hot water and then it is circulated as necessary. However, these types of heaters are known for the static heat loss. Therefore, you can be the best judge of your demands and can choose the right model for your home.

How to Choose

Choosing the right water heater can be a daunting task if you do not consider the necessary elements. A few things to consider are your requirement of consumption, the initial cost of the setup, operational cost versus the delivery or output, annual maintenance, the life expectancy of the model, financing schemes if available, subsidy from government departments if available, Energy Star rating of the unit as more stars are more savings per year, and the additional burden that you may need to bear for using hot water. Additionally, you can also consider effects on the environment and pick the right model of water heater. There are numerous options available in the market; so you can choose your water heater intuitively.

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