Whether moving into a new home or an existing unit is broken beyond repair or more than 10 years old, many home owners will have to shop for a new water heater at some point in time. With the right guidance, selecting the unit that’s best suited for your hot water needs doesn’t have to be difficult – you just need to know what your options are and which option is right for you.
What You Should Know About Water Heater Installation
The first thing you should know before considering a new water heater installation is what your options are with regards to units.
A Hot Water Tank:
In Canadian homes, this is the most popular style of water heater used. Just as the name implies, water is heated by gas or electric elements and then stored in the tank until it’s needed. Of course, even today’s high efficiency hot water tanks can lose heat and, therefore, efficiency, so investing in a tank with an insulation level of at least R-12 will save you money in utilities in the long run.
A Tankless or On-Demand Water Heater:
This style of water heater is more common in Europe, but it’s appealing because water is only heated as it’s needed and, therefore, no heat is lost. The major drawback, if you decide to go this route, is that these systems are limited in terms of the amount of hot water they can produce, and so the size of your family or the amount of hot water you typically use will need to be considered.
Of course, there are other ways to heat water in a home, including solar water heaters and heat pumps. The downside of these types of heating systems, however, is that they tend to be better suited for warmer, sunnier climates.
Energy Efficiency is Key
In the end, energy efficiency is among the most important factors you should consider when shopping for a new water heater. When you consider that these units are typically one of the largest energy consumers in a home, investing in the most efficient system you can afford will save you money in the long-run.
Could you use some expert guidance for your water heater installation decision making? Whether you’re shopping for a new system or require a reputable team for a water heater repair, get in touch with us: (306) 683-4328.