Traditional Water Heaters
Water heating is the largest user of energy in your home, next to heating and cooling.
This percentage continues to rise as homes become more and more energy efficient in other ways. Palmasano Plumbing can help you select the water heater that best reduces water heating costs and increases your home comfort.
Selecting a New Water HeaterThere are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new water heater, including type, capacity, efficiency, and cost.
Sizing of hot water heaters should be based on the number of occupants and their peak hour water demand and not on the size of the house. The peak hour demand or first-hour rating (FHR) is the measure of how much hot water the heater will deliver in an hour and is required by law to appear on the Energy Guide Label. Don’t buy a water heater bigger than you need, or you%u2019ll be paying to heat water you don’t use! Palmasano Plumbing will perform a capacity test to determine the right size water heater for your home.
The (Energy Factor) indicates the energy efficiency of a storage water heater. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, with some high-efficiency models around 0.80. The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. When buying a new water heater make sure to check the energy efficiency rating shown on the Energy Guide labels and look for one with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation.
It’s very easy to look for an inexpensive water heater and ignore the operating costs. Often the least expensive water heaters are the most expensive to operate. A high-efficiency water heater may cost a little more initially, but reduced operating costs will more than make up for the higher upfront cost. Check the Energy Guide label to help choose an energy thrifty heater.
For more on this or any of our other products and services, please contact me. Don’t forget to ask me about our 1 year replacement service warrantee included with every install.