Your Guide to Water Heaters
Water heaters are a huge investment–they can last for up to 15 years! If you want the best water heater for your home, take a look at All Pro Plumbing’s buying guide to water heaters!
Electric vs Gas Water Heaters
Fuel source is an important consideration for your new water heater. Depending on your location, the right fuel source for your home can be very different.
- Gas water heaters:
- Gas comes in two forms: propane or natural gas.
- Gas water heaters typically cost more upfront, but you’ll save a lot more money on utilities over the course of its lifetime.
- May not be available in every location, or in every household. There are more restrictions on gas as a fuel source for hot water tanks.
- Electric water heaters:
- Less heat loss when hot water is not being used.
- Simpler than gas, because of safety issues, and because there are no restrictions on how or where they can be used.
- Sometimes the only option, depending on the availability of natural gas or propane.
Types of Water Heaters
Heat Pump Water Heater:
- This water heater works by capturing heat from the air, moving it into the water to heat it.
- Generally work off of electricity.
- It can reduce energy use by as much as 60% (when compared to a conventional electric water heater).
- This type costs more than a conventional unit, but the utility savings are well worth it.
- Generally better for smaller homes, or for homes with less water demand.
Tankless Water Heater:
- Creates hot water on demand.
- It can use gas or electricity as a fuel source, but gas generally works better with tankless water heaters.
- All of the water heating is done through coils that heat water quickly, so you don’t have to store hot water in a tank.
- Because water is not kept at a constant temperature, tankless heaters are more energy efficient.
- This type of water heater is better suited for smaller homes, or homes that have less of a demand for hot water at all times.
Conventional Water Heater:
- Keeps water stored in a tank.
- That water is hot at all times.
- The heater is constantly working to keep the water at a set temperature.
- Not as efficient as tankless water heaters.
- Good for large spaces, or homes with a large hot water demand.
Professional Water Heater Advice
Want to learn more about which water heater is right for you? Contact All Pro Plumbing today, and we can help you consider every option, finding the perfect water heater for your home and family!