Investing in a new water heater save you money on your water and electric bills at the end of the month. If your current water heater is acting up or is more than 15 years old, then it is time to invest in a newer, more efficient model. Choosing the right water heater can seem quite a task, but there are several things you can do to ensure that you have made the right purchasing decision.
The first decision to make is whether gas or electric is right for you. Take your current model into consideration. For instance, if you currently have a gas water heater, then it may be best to stick with a gas model. Your home is already fitted for a gas model and this will likely be your best bet.
Make sure to take the equipment size, energy cost, and efficiency into account when comparing two similar models. For most homeowners, price is the ultimate deciding factor, but it is important to more carefully consider the value offered by two competing models.
While electric water heaters are typically chosen in most homes because they are cheaper to purchase and install, they can end up costing a homeowner more money in the long run. Electric water heaters require a considerable amount of energy to heat the water, so they will cost you more on your utility bills than a gas model.
There are a number of online energy cost calculators for electric and gas water heaters which can help you to compare the costs associated with gas and electric versions. You may also consider calling your local Roto-Rooter for more information on which water heater would be right for your home.
Regardless of whether you choose a gas or electric water heater, it is important to have a skilled professional complete the installation. This will ensure that it is installed properly and can meet your water heating needs going forward.
During installation, make sure to ask your plumber about ways that you can help to preserve and maintain your water heater, ensuring optimal performance over time. As a general rule, simply keeping your water heater well maintained and never exceeding 120 degrees can help to preserve your water heater and improve its efficiency, making the most out of your investment.
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