Even the best water heater sits there and quietly chews through approximately 10 to 20 percent of a households total energy consumption just to provide consistant hot warm. With that in mind it is worth spending some time researching ways to increase efficiency and lower utility bills.
Finding ways to either reduce your current water heaters energy demands or replacing it with a high efficiency one can save a family a large amount of money.
All manufacturers build pretty good tanks with certain limitations. Glass lining application is an inherently imperfect process. One tank could be better, another worse — and all in a place where we can’t see it!
Manufacturers expect a certain number of tanks to fail because of these process imperfections. The industry calls these tanks “leakers.”
Do yourself a favor and make sure you buy the best water heater buy a tank with a magnesium anode then add a second outlet rod and put it on a regular “watch/maintenance” schedule.
Finding the Best Water Heater
With just a few minutes of research you can determine which water heater is for you. Today’s marketplace has an unlimited number of choices and at first it may appear a little daunting. In addition, if your heater has just broken you might be more susceptible to rush into a purchase that you might regret later on.
First on the list – determine what type of energy feeds your current water heater. Is it electric, gas, or solar? Once you know your energy source you can determine if you want to continue using it or if it’s time to change. Unless you investigate you may not be aware that you have alternative energy sources to power your water heater.
Next it’s time to decide the type of storage. Do you want a greater storage capacity or does a tankless unit perk your interest?
Once you’ve decided the energy source and storage capacity you are in a much better position to make a great purchase.
The Best Water Heater Buying Guidelines:
Buy a balanced heater. Having a water heater that is too big for your needs is not only inefficient, it will waste your hard earned money as well. Locate the first hour rating on the Energy Guide label – it indicates the amount of hot water available.
Even with the best water heater make sure to drain it regularly and it will operate more efficiently and last longer. So with that in mind while you’re shopping make it a point buy one that is easy to drain.
An on-demand system may be just the ticket for your home. On-demand systems deliver hot water as it’s needed. It’s logical that storing heated water in an insulated tank is clearly not as efficient as only heating water when it is needed. On-demand systems deliver unlimited hot water however, there some flow rate restrictions so you may need an additional unit if your home needs lots of hot water all at once.
How to put your water heater on an energy diet
Many have found by placing their water heating system on an energy diet lowers the yearly energy use. You end up paying less money and you don’t need to sacrifice any comfort.
Water heaters are central to our homes systems and are at the top of the list of energy consumers. As technology changes water heating systems are becoming more advanced and definitely more energy efficient.
With just a little time spent researching you will find the best water heater for your particular situation.