Increase the Quality of Your Life
Water heaters play an important role in maintaining the appropriate water temperature throughout our homes and inevitably to the end faucets that distribute water in our bathrooms. From gas powered hot water storage tanks, tankless water heaters to modern eco-friendly solar water heaters, given how far we had come from ancient times when we had to boil our water over an open campfire or hot stove. It would be practically impossible to imagine life again without hot water heating supplies to increase the quality of our lives.
However, despite the importance of these water heating devices, a number of homeowners don’t do their homework before purchasing and installing a plumbing heater in their house, only to find that their energy bill becomes more than they can handle. This is because water heaters consume energy to heat water and if they are not properly installed, then heat loss and inefficiency are inevitable. There are certain important points that have to be taken into consideration before purchasing any type of equipment to heat water in your home.
Given the long life span of most water heaters, a bad purchase decision or poor installation can drag on for years without the homeowner realizing it. Purchasing a water heater is not a life changing purchase, but if you want to make sure your purchase is sound and will not unnecessarily drain you financially, then you will find the information you need to make a good water heater purchase decision.
Energy Guide Label-The energy guide label is a yellow label that is basically the stamp of approval that both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) have placed on water heaters that meet their requirements. When you acquire water heaters that have this yellow label, then you are guaranteed better performance and heating efficiency.
Capacity- What is the hot water needs in your house? How many faucets will have hot water and how many people will need this hot water and at what frequency? These are some of the questions you will need to answer when considering water heaters for your house. Naturally, a single person will not need water heaters that have the same capacity as those that are made for large families. When you take these factors into consideration, then you are planning in advance for any changes that you may need to make.
Energy Type- There are different types of water heaters on the market that fit differently sized wallets. The main types of water heaters you will find include: electric, propane or natural. If you currently have a propane water heater, then you cannot simply switch to natural gas because the prices are cheaper. The installation for each gas type is different, and as a result, you will have to take this factor into consideration. If you find that fuel costs are increasing for one particular type, then you may consider changing your whole installation to accommodate the change as well.
On-Demand Water When you Need it Most
Eco-friendly or Not – Many people are turning to on-demand water heaters (tankless) because they are considered more eco-friendly and energy efficient too. This is because they use less energy to heat water since water is heated on demand. The limitation with these types of water heaters is that they cannot supply hot water to multiple areas at once thus making their use in large family homes practically a disadvantage. The only way around this would be to install different tankless water heaters to supply different sections of the house. For example, tankless water heaters could be used for the bathroom separately from those that are installed for the kitchen and washroom.
Foam Coating- Some water heaters come with an outer foam to ensure even more heating efficiency by not allowing the heat to be lost to the surrounding environment. You should check to ensure that the water heaters you are interested in buying to have this special foam around the outer area.
Warranty- The warranty that you get on water heaters you are interested in buying should not be significantly less than the expected life of the water heater. This simply means that if you get water heaters with a life span of 15 years the warranty you get should cover at least six to ten years and not just one or two years.
Installation Tips for Water Heaters
Space- The water heaters that you choose to install should have enough space put then. They should not be “jammed” in areas that are difficult to reach since repair and any needed maintenance can become difficult as a result of this.
Remove old pipes and tubes: Over time the pipes and tubes that are connected to water heaters become worn and torn and as time progresses then can lead to deterioration and heat loss. You should check to see if these pipes are still in good condition and replace them with threaded or new ones.