During the cold winter months, many of us would seek comfort in the piping hot confines of the shower. As the warmness of the water find its way down your body, your muscles starts to relax. Then suddenly, a burst of ice water hits you. You tried to crank down the cold water, but nothing happens. Reality hits you, your water heater needs replacing.
When the time comes that you need to replace your old water heater, it is important to educate yourself about the options available so as to be sure that you’ll get a unit that would meet your needs.
Here are some tips when choosing a new water heater for your home.
Compatibility with your home
If you are considering buying a natural gas-fueled water heater, check to see whether your home has access to natural gas lines. If not, you’ll need to spend a lot of money just to install a gas line in your home.
Water heater size and capacity
To maximize efficiency and provide you and your family with enough hot water, you need a properly sized water heater. Now that you’re replacing your old water heater, be sure to consider whether or not it provided enough hot other. Otherwise, you’ll need to upgrade to a larger size.
While we all enjoy a soothing hot shower, water heating is typically the second largest user of energy in your home. In fact, it accounts for about 14% of your monthly utility bill. So when choosing a new water heater for your home, we suggest that you go for the ones that are energy efficient.
If you live in an area that receives significant sunshine year-round, consider getting a solar water heater. It may cost more initially, but it can help you save money in the long run as it reduces your bill by as much as 50 to 80%.