Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Every home needs to have a good water heater, because without one, you could be left without hot water to take a shower, wash clothes or wash dishes.
When it comes time to replace a hot water heater or install one in a new home, make sure you follow these tips so you pick the right one.
Fuel Source of a Water Heater
One of the biggest decisions to make when getting a water heater is what fuel source you need.
If you are replacing an existing unit, you will likely be limited by what you already have, but if you are building a new home or remodeling, you may have a chance to pick whether you a gas water heater or an electric one. Each type has pros and cons.
Electric water heaters are cheaper to purchase and install and generally are safer while gas water heaters are more energy efficient, so they are cheaper to run.
Size is Everything With a Water Heater
Another major consideration in the type of water heater to get is what size you will get. Both gas and electric water heaters generally come with tanks from about 30 to 100 gallons. You also can go with a tankless option.
The bigger your Wenatchee water heater is, the more it will cost to purchase and install. On the other hand, the smaller the tank, the less hot water capacity you will have.
However, smaller water heaters are more energy efficient, and tankless water heaters, which heat on demand and don’t store any water, are the most energy efficient of all.
Space Considerations With a Water Heater
The space where your water heater must go is also a consideration you must figure into what kind of water heater you get. If you have a space that can’t accommodate a traditional water heater, you may need to get a custom one.
There are water heaters that are tall and very skinny or ones that are shorter than traditional ones. These custom units often cost more, so it might be more cost efficient to remodel your space to be able to fit a traditional water heater.
Whatever decision you make for your Wenatchee home water heater, you will be making trade-offs. Water heaters that are cheaper to buy and install usually hold less water and also are less energy efficient. You have to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.
Not sure what water heater works for your Wenatchee, WA home? Call Allied Plumbing & Pumps at (509) 662-6622, and get the best advice from the professionals.