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How To Choose The Right Water Heater For Your Home

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Water Heater

Getting The Right Unit Can Ensure Plentiful Hot Water & Long-Term Savings

Having a reliable water heater isn’t just a convenience. It’s vital for everyday comfort. But when you look at all the models available on the market, it’s easy to get lost making a selection. That’s why the team here at Wooten Plumbing is available to hep you with this daunting task. We’ve compiled a guide to some of the best tips we know on how to choose the right water heater for your home. Come with us, and learn how to get a unit ideally tailored to the needs of your family and your home.

Evaluate Your Hot Water Demand

The first thing you need to think of when selecting a water heater is your household’s actual hot water usage. Consider the number of people in your household, their bathing habits, and the frequency of hot water use for other things like laundry or dishwashing. If you’ve got a larger family and high demands, you may want to look at a traditional tanked unit with a large storage capacity. If you prioritize efficiency or have a smaller household, a tankless water heater with its on-demand water may be perfect for you.

Understand The Difference Between Tanked & Tankless

Tanked water heaters store and preheat a specific amount of water, then dispense that water when you turn on the hot tap. But it takes a lot of energy to maintain water at that temperature, so they tend to be power hogs. A tankless water heater heats water instantly as it flows through the unit, saving energy and giving you theoretically limitless hot water – although exceptionally high demand can still overwhelm these units. They also tend to have a higher upfront cost, though it’s often offset by the long-term savings. Consider your budget, the space available and how important those savings are when choosing between the two.

Consider The Operating Costs

Whether you’re looking at a tanked or tankless model, you always want to keep in mind the actual per year cost to operate the unit. Some hot water heaters are indicated by an Energy Factor (EF) rating, which means they are more energy efficient overall, with results in lower utility bills. They may be pricier, but worth it in the long run. You should also explore if there are rebates offered by utility companies or government programs for installing more energy efficient equipment so you can access even greater savings over time.

What Are The Installation & Maintenance Costs?

Every water heater will have its own type of installation and its own maintenance needs. Tanked water heaters will require more space and maintenance such as flushing to remove sediment buildup. Alternatively, tankless water heaters are more compact and need less maintenance, but might require upgrades to your electrical or gas systems. Consult with a plumber to determine what best fits your home’s infrastructure so you can get the unit that’s right for you.

Let Wooten Show You How To Choose The Right Water Heater For Your Home

To get the right water heater for your home,  you need to understand your home’s needs, determine how important energy efficiency is for you and think about the installation and maintenance requirements of each unit. Following these steps will help point you in the right direction, but if you have more questions your friends at Wooten Plumbing are always available to help. Give us a call at 918-241-3900 anytime!

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