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Things to Consider When Choosing a Water Heater

Things to Consider When Choosing a Water HeaterMost Firestone homeowners won’t start looking at water heaters unless their current one fails. Because no one wants to take a cold shower, they are often in a hurry to get a replacement in the soonest possible time. Some would just settle for anything that is available in the store.

In order to help you make an informed decision, it is best to do some research before you are faced with an emergency purchase. If the time has come for you to buy a new Firestone water heater, then we urge you to read this blog post before you head out and buy a new one.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a new water heater.

Type of water heater

Storage tank water heater

If you use a lot of hot water and need an immediate replacement, then this one’s for you. Conventional storage water heater offers a ready reservoir – from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water.

Tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters heat the water directly without the use of a storage tank. The unit only heats water as you use it. This means you’ll never run out of hot water, but you may have to wait for a few seconds before hot water comes out.

Heat pump water heater

If you are looking for something that is less expensive to operate, then this would be a great option. This type of water heater works by pulling heat from the environment and then pumping it into the tank. If you decide to install it in a hot garage or attic, it will suck out some of the heat. The conventional coils will function only when the heat pump can’t satisfy the demand.

Gas or electric

Electric water heater uses electric resistance recoils to heat water, while a gas water heater uses the heat from burning fuel. About 40% of homes in the United States uses electric water heater, while 60% are gas-fired.

Energy efficiency

Heating water accounts to approximately 15% of a home’s energy use. With the rising cost of energy, homeowners are looking for ways to save money.

Among the water heaters on the list, heat pump water heater is has the lowest operating cost. In fact, they can be 2 to 3 times more energy efficient than conventional water heaters. Since tankless water heater only heats water at the time it is being used, it is also more energy efficient than traditional ones.

Easy Ways to Winterize Your Erie, Colorado Home

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It’s never too early to prepare your home for winter. Make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat. Follow these tips to help you save money and make sure that you still have money left in your pocket for holiday shopping.

Change furnace filters

Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand. It is important to clean or replace your furnace filters every month. Many of us tend to forget about this very important step, so be sure to mark a monthly check on your calendar. You can also use a permanent furnace filter to keep your air clean without the hassle.

Caulk any gaps

You want to make sure that your windows and doors are airtight during the winter. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting money and your home won’t be as warm and comfortable.

Windows are one of the major ways heat leaks out of your house. About 30% of your home’s heat escapes through holes or cracks around the windows and door. Make sure you repair or caulk those gaps.

Dodge the draft

Warm air is rushes out of your door while cold air is rushes in. The draft snake is one of the easiest ways to cut back on energy waste. It is actually very easy to create one yourself. You can use scrap fabrics and fill it with kitty litter or sand for heft. You can also use a rolled bath towel and place it under a drafty door.

Lower water heater temperature

Most manufacturers set water heaters at 140˚ F.  But the truth is, we don’t really need that much steam.  Add to that, it also poses a safety hazard – scalding. Lowering the water heater temperature to 120˚ F can help you save money; while still allowing you to enjoy a relaxing shower.