The Right Hot Water Heater for Your Family

Plumbing Solutions of Idaho expert tips

Whether you’re replacing an existing water heater or installing a water heater in a new construction project, you’ll want to make the right choice for your family’s needs. A water heater that’s too small, cheaply made, or inefficient is just going to cause frustration and higher costs in the long run.

The Two Most Popular Types of Water Heaters

Conventional tank water heaters. Most people opt for a conventional tank water heater. These can hold anywhere from 20 to 100 gallons of water and deliver hot water directly to the tap. The size you’ll need depends upon the number of residents in your home and the demands placed upon your water heater, including the number of bathrooms and laundry requirements.Tankless water heaters. This type of water heater is more energy efficient than conventional tank water heaters. Without the need to keep water at a constant temperature, they can reap some significant energy savings. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand without the use of a storage tank.

​Selection Criteria

When selecting a water heater for your home, some factors must be considered.

  • Fuel type and cost. The type of fuel available for your water heating needs will affect the type of water heater you chose, and will also affect its energy efficiency and operating costs.
  • Water heater tank size. Purchasing a water heat that’s big enough to keep up with demand is important. Your plumber will help you find just the right capacity to supply your family’s needs. A water heater that’s too small for your needs will cost more to operate and be a cause of frustration.
  • Energy efficiency. To gain the most cost savings, you’ll want to consider the model’s energy efficiency ratings. The federal government requires an EnergyGuide label to be placed on the outside of most appliances. This informative yellow label shows the real cost of operating an appliance, and can help you make a wise, energy efficient choice for your home.

To find the best water heater for your Boise family’s needs, contact the professionals at Plumbing Solutions of Idaho today!

By Tim Smith

Published: June 11, 2015

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