Hot Water Heaters

After heating and cooling, water heating is typically the largest energy user in the home because it is necessary for so many domestic activities. Whether you’re replacing a worn-out existing water heater or looking for the best model for a new house you’re building, it pays to choose carefully.

When choosing a hot water heater, there are many considerations to be made. The number of people in the household is one consideration. A family of five needs a bigger hot water heater than a household of two. Besides capacity, efficiency and longevity is another concern. With today's rising utility prices, you need to be concerned about the efficiency of the hot water heater. You also want it to last for a good amount of time. How rapidly a tank heats water is another concern.

Gas fired hot water heaters are said to be the most efficient. If you already have an oil-burning furnace, your best options are an indirect tank, that connects to your boiler, or an integrated unit, that provides heat and hot water all in one. If you already have an electric hot water heater and there is gas in your area, you may want to switch, since heat generating electricity is very expensive.

Size is an issue in Hot Water Heaters. For a storage water heater, the capacity is indicated by its "first hour rating," which accounts for the effects of tank size and the speed by which cold water is heated. Tankless, solar and indirect water heaters require a few other calculations for sizing that your NJ Contractor can help you with.

Tankless Hot Water Heater versus Hot Water Heater with a tank is a big question. Although tankless heaters heat the water instantaneously, a good hot water heater with a tank and good insallation can be just as efficient, without some of the problems encountered with tankless heaters. Tankless heaters are more costly, also, but the decision on which way to go with will depend on the unit being heated. A New Jersey Contractor will make the correct decision for you and install the hot water heater that you need.