Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATER HEATERS?
Conventional storage tank type water heaters are the most popular, gas or electric, and use the existing venting, water piping, gas connection and electrical. For this reason the conventional type are typically quickly replaced. Knowledgeable home owners may choose this type as a do-it-yourself project.
New designs have increased the efficiency of the typical conventional tank type water heater. As a home owner you now have a choice with energy efficiency, smaller carbon footprint, low NOx, green – eco – friendly products. The new models require experienced contractor for installation.
Induced draft or power vent storage tank type water heaters are also popular. Flexible venting options enable this water heater to be vented using PVC, ABS or CPVC plastic venting materials. A blower exhausts flue gases thru the plastic venting to the outdoors.
Tankless type water heaters, or Hybrid water heaters as they are being referred to now, are the most efficient. They heat the water only as your use it. The big advantage is your not heating 40 gallons of water all day long while you’re at work. This saves you money. The installation is more technical however you can save up to $150 per year in fuel savings. With local rebates and federal tax credits Hybrid water heaters have become popular for green-eco-friendly conscience consumers.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT WATER HEATER?
First evaluate your quantity of hot water needed for your family. Knowing your requirements will make choosing the right water heater easier. If you’re using several gallons every morning you should consider high input or high recover type products. If you have average demand in the morning, due to staggered showering times, then choose a regular size water heater. Forty gallon is average. If you’re using very little hot water and travel, you should consider tankless. With utility rebates buying a more efficient water heater has never been easier.
HOW DO I FIND A CONTRACTOR?
When it comes to finding a contractor the best advice is look for a locally trusted, licensed and insured plumber. Contact them and ask about there service. Do they show up on time? Are the service techs friendly, knowledgeable, and represent there company well. Do they stand behind there workmanship and warranty there work. If you are pleased with the answers you will be happy with them.
WHAT IS ENERGY FACTOR RATING?
Go to US Department of Energy’s web site:
WHAT IS ENERGY STAR?
Go to: www.energystar.gov/