Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

Responsible homeowners know that selecting the right water heater is an important decision. Whether you’re building a new house or replacing an old unit, the choice you make can impact your comfort as well as the energy efficiency, and monthly utility bills of your property. Selecting the right water heater involves considering your fuel type, tank or tankless design, capacity, energy efficiency, location, maintenance, budget, and professional installation. It’s a decision that impacts your daily comfort and long-term expenses, so take your time and make an informed choice.

Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

Water Heater Basics

When choosing a water heater you must consider the fuel type and capacity that works for you. Water heaters come in various fuel types, including electric, gas, and heat pump. Your choice should align with your home’s existing infrastructure and your preferences. Gas water heaters are often preferred for their fast recovery times, while electric units are generally easier to install and maintain. 

For capacity, one should first consider whether they would like a traditional or tankless water heater. Tankless models, heat water on-demand, saving energy and space. Traditional tank water heaters, on the other hand, store and heat a specific amount of water. Consider your hot water usage to decide which type is more suitable for your household. 

Selecting the right tank size for a tank water heater is essential. If you opt for a tank water heater, consider the number of people in your household and their hot water needs. A larger tank may be necessary for a family, while a smaller one is sufficient for a single person or couple.

Efficiency is Important

The energy efficiency and size of a water heating unit are big factors that help to decide on a water heater for your home. Energy-efficient water heaters can significantly reduce your utility bills. Look for models with a high energy factor (EF) rating. 

Tankless water heaters are known for their energy efficiency, but energy-efficient tank models are also available. Consider where you plan to install your water heater. Tankless units can be mounted on walls, saving floor space. Traditional tank models need adequate space for installation and maintenance.

Budget, Maintenance, and Longevity

Budget is a significant factor for homeowners. While tankless water heaters tend to have a higher upfront cost, their energy efficiency can lead to long-term savings. Consider your budget and long-term goals when making a decision. You can check if there are any rebates or incentives for choosing an energy-efficient water heater. These can help offset the initial cost and reduce your payback period. Regular maintenance is key to extending the life of your water heater and protecting your investment.  Tankless models typically have a longer lifespan, but both tank and tankless units benefit from routine maintenance to prevent breakdowns and ensure optimal performance.

You’ve Chosen Your Heater, Now What?

Proper installation is crucial to the performance, longevity, and safety of your water heater. Hiring a licensed plumber, like the experts at Reichelt Plumbing, to install your unit is the best way to ensure everything is set up correctly. It is also important to review the manufacturer’s warranty of your newly purchased water heating unit to understand what is covered and for how long. A longer warranty can provide peace of mind and potentially save you money on repairs.

Contact Reichelt For More

Reichelt Plumbing is here to assist you in choosing and installing the ideal water heater for your home. Contact us by calling (219) 322-4906 for expert guidance and professional installation. We’re committed to ensuring your hot water needs are met efficiently and reliably.


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