Nowadays, the water heater has become a daily essential unit in everyone’s life, the main reason behind it “our busy schedule”, we have not sufficient time, to heat water for bathing, cleaning utensils, washing hand any other things.
You can imagine, in the winter, you are going to take a warm shower or washing your hands, and the water that comes out is too cold, what’s your feeling at that time? The same situation, faced by most of the homeowners. But It is not possible to warm water manually, again and again, These are the most important reason for the requirement of a water heater in your home. However, homeowners don’t understand the importance of the water heater, and until something goes wrong, they deal with cold water.
If you a take a look on the current situation, you will see that the whole world is facing COVID-19 Pandemic (Corona Virus), and there is no vaccines and medicines are available for the treatment of Corona Virus, the only one thing you can do this time to take proper precautions, like washing and sanitize your hands time to time. And if you use warm water in the place of cold water or normal water for washing your hands, the possibilities of the killing virus is more.
But this is not possible without a water heater when you need hot water all day long, so, you need a unit that provides warm water when you demand, it is only possible with installing an instant water heater in your home.
Consider Following Criteria for Selecting a New Water Heater
When you are selecting a new water heater for your home, you should consider not only enough hot water but also the energy-efficiency, types, sizes, cost and etc. These criteria will help you to choose the best one.
Types of Water Heater
Before buying a water heater, you should know about its types, here we will discuss the types of water heaters
- Conventional / Traditional storage water heater
This is a traditional water heater, which has a storage tank for storing hot water
- Tankless Water Heater/Point Of Use (Demand-Type Water Heater)
In this water heater, there is no need for any tank to store hot water, it heats water instantly on-demand. This type of water heaters is mostly installed at fixtures located far from the main water heater. Its biggest feature is, it eliminates the annoyance of opening the tap and waiting for hot water.
- Solar Water Heaters
This water heater heats water by using the sunlight, so it doesn’t require electrical energy for the healing process and saves your extra electricity bill
- Heat Pump Water Heaters
This water heater conduct heat from one place to another for providing hot water instead of generating heat directly
- Tankless coil and Indirect Water heaters
It uses a home’s space for a heating unit for heating water
Fuel Types, Availability And Costs For Water Heating
Before selecting a new water heater, it’s very important to consider the fuel type or energy source, availability, and cost. The fuel, you want to use for your water heater, must be available in your area. It affects not only the water heating unit cost but also its size and energy efficiency.
Electrical Water Heater is the most popular among the people, because of its easy uses and hassle-free installation. It has come with the option of a conventional storage water heater, tankless water heater, and heat pump water heaters. This water heater unit also can be used with space heating units and combination water such as tankless coil and indirect water heaters.
- Solar Energy based Water Heater
This heating unit is a cost-effective and one-time investment. So, if you want to save the electricity bill and another fuel cost, you can go with the solar energy-based water heater
Propane fuel type water heater is also available in the tankless water heater, conventional water heaters as well as space heating systems, and indirect combination water heater.
- Natural Gas
These fuel type water heaters are also available in tankless or instantaneous water heaters, traditional storage water heaters, combination water and space heating systems as well as tankless coil and indirect water heaters.
- Geothermal Energy
if you already have a geothermal heat pump system installed in your home, then you can choose this fuel type water heaters.
- Fuel Oil
Fuel oil water heaters are available in conventional storage water heaters and indirect combination water and space heating units.
If there is the availability of more than one fuel type in your area, it will be the best comparing fuel costs when you are going to purchase a new heating unit. In this way, you will save more money in the long run. So, calculate the costs of every fuel type and rates and then purchase the water heating unit.
Other Selection Criteria For Selecting Water Heater
For getting enough hot water, you need a properly sized water heater. According to your consumption and requirement of hot water, you should choose the right size of the water heating system.
- Energy Efficiency
It is very important to consider the energy-efficiency of the water heating systems before purchasing. If you buy a more energy-efficient water heater, it will cut down the chances of too much electricity bill.
The most important element which should be estimated first is cost. Costs don’t only indicate the water heater cost but also it’s the annual operating cost. For example, If you estimate that the price of the heating unit is low, but its annual operating price is very high, then you should not buy it, in the other hand, the cost price of the other water heater is more but its annual operating cost is low then you should purchase this one.