The second biggest energy user in the home, water heaters account for 18 percent of your electricity costs, according to the US Department of Energy. Because water heaters have become more energy efficient in the last 20 years, a Parker & Sons technician can help you select a water heater that can reduce your energy costs and give you an ample supply of hot water in your home.
Selecting a New Water Heater
There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new water heater, including type (tankless or storage), capacity, efficiency, and cost.
Storage Water Heaters
- One-of-a-kind air/fuel shut-off device offers double protection
- A specially-designed flame arrestor prevents ignition of vapors outside the combustion chamber
- Superior air filtration prevents it from getting clogged by lint, dust, and oil
- Maintenance free – no filter to clean
- Low NO2 design for cleaner healthier air inside your home
- Reduces fuel costs
- High Efficiency means more hot water at lower operating cost
- Meets or exceeds National Appliance Energy Conservation Act
- Limited tank and parts warranty from 6 to 8 years
Capacity. Do not buy a heater larger than you need. Although some consumers base their purchase on the size of the storage tank, the peak hour demand (or qualifying first time, FHR) is actually more important. The 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. Your Parker & Sons Technician will perform a capacity test to determine the right size water heater for your home.
Efficiency. The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its “Energy Factor” (EF). The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, with some high-efficiency models around 0.80. Other features to look for are tanks with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and energy efficiency ratings shown on the Energy Guide labels.
Cost. It may be tempting to look for a water heater that is inexpensive and ignore the operating cost. This is a poor strategy. 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 outlay. Check the Energy Guide label to help choose an energy thrifty heater.
Our Parker and Sons plumber called about 30 minutes ahead of his arrival (a good customer service step). Once here he asked questions regarding the problem, analyzed the situation by examining the tankless water heater, and provided his thoughts on the issue at hand and possible remedies.