Water Heaters – Which One is Right for YOUR Overland Park, KS Home?
Water heaters are a basic component in a home and not something that most of us give a lot of thought to until something goes wrong. The lifetime for a water heater is 10 – 15 years and usually comes with a warranty, some with limited time, most with a lifetime warranty. Homeowners should periodically have the water heater inspected to check for mineral buildup and other functions. When it’s time to replace the entire unit, you have options available to find the best fit for your needs.
People usually choose a water heater based on how many gallons of water they hold compared to the size of the family and predicted amount of use. A smaller family unit will use less hot water than a larger family, for instance. In addition to showers, you will use hot water for laundry and dish washing, so keep all that in mind when determining the size of water heater you will need.
Newer water heaters are more energy-efficient. They are more expensive to purchase but will save money over time. Upgrading to a larger capacity water heater could reduce your utility bill by 25% to 50%, depending on the type of water heater. Consult with a professional service and supply company or the manufacturer to check out current regulations and water heater ratings.
There are several types of water heaters to consider, depending on how much hot water you expect to use and your power source – gas, oil or electricity. Storage-tank water heaters which consist of an insulated tank where water is heated and stored are the most common type used. The temperature and pressure is controlled by a valve, and is preset, and can be adjusted as needed.
A tankless water heater uses heating coils. It is more energy-efficient than a storage tank model, but the drawback is that it has a limited flow of hot water —about 3.5 gallons per minute. On-demand water heaters are best for people who aren’t drawing water for more than one use at a time, such as running a shower and a load of laundry at the same time. This type of water heater also works best with natural gas. Natural gas water heaters typically use less energy and the cost to run is about half that of electric water heaters.
Heat pump water heaters, or hybrids, capture heat from the air and transfer it to the water, and use about 60% less energy than a traditional electric water heater. They cost more initially to purchase, but savings in energy costs over time makes them a good choice, however, they have more specific requirements for ultimate effectiveness. A professional installer can advise you on the requirements for these types of water heaters.
American Home Services sells, services and installs high quality water heaters, offering Noritz EcoTough™ High-Efficiency Condensing tankless water heaters and A.O. Smith gas and electric water heaters with a variety of different options for the homeowner.
To find out more about water heaters in the Overland Park and greater Kansas City area, see us at https://americanhomeserviceskc.com/ or call 913-322-0724 to have a technician visit your home.