Standard Water Heaters
A hot water heater is one of the most vital appliances in your home as it provides heated water to fixtures in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Choosing the right hot water heater for your home is an investment in your family's health and comfort. Whether you're looking for a classic electric water heater or an energy-saving tankless water heater, the variety in types and features lets you choose the right water heater for your lifestyle.
How do you know what size water heater to purchase?
- Household size - One person should only need a 20-gallon tank. Two or three people will likely need a 40- to 60-gallon tank. If your household has more than three people, you'll want a tank that's larger than 60 gallons.
- Appliances - Dishwashers and washing machines use a lot of water. If you have either, select a water heater that's larger than what's recommended for your household size.
- Lifestyle - The average shower requires 15 gallons of water.
- Tankless option - If you have a small household, a tankless water heater can save money because it heats small amounts as needed.
How does a hot water heater work?
- Tank water heater - In a tank water heater, water is held at a certain temperature within a heated tank. As it's used, more flows in, and the thermostat registers the drop in temperature, which turns up the heating element.
- Tankless water heater - Cold water is heated by hot coils as it travels to your tap. Since they are placed along your existing plumbing, they are energy-efficient and installation is cheap.
- Gas water heater - In a gas water heater, a gas called propane is used to heat and maintain the heat in the tank.
- Electric water heater- An electric boiler heats the tank in an electric water heater.
What should you look for in a hot water heater?
- Size - Choose a size of water heater that is appropriate for your family's needs and the amount of space available for installation.
- Fuel type - Look into the local cost of fuel to choose if an electric or gas water heater will be right for you.
- Energy-efficiency - When choosing your hot water heater, look for the Energy Star rating if you are concerned about the environment or interested in a tax rebate. Gas heaters are also considered more energy efficient.