Water heaters are used in all homes, but the type of water heater that you currently have and the options for replacing it can be very different. If you are replacing your water heater, it is essential that you determine what you need to provide the hot water for your home, and if the old water heater was not providing enough, this could be an excellent time to upgrade your system.
Electric Water Heaters
One of the most common water heaters in use in the US is electric water heaters. These systems are often put into homes because they are easy to install, are efficient to run, and do not require a lot of maintenance to keep them working. Electric water heaters are available in many different sizes, so choosing one for your home is easier than you might think. A small house with a single occupant can use a smaller water heater, which will require less electricity to heat the water and maintain it after it is hot.
There are water heaters that will produce much larger volumes of hot water for large homes with large families so you do not run out of hot water during that morning rush when everyone is showering or getting ready for their day. The tank's size is essential and is often determined by the number of bedrooms in the home, so talk to your plumber about what you need and ask about any concerns you may have.
Gas Water Heaters
Another popular option is a gas water heater for your home. If you already have natural gas or propane service, adding a gas water heater is much easier, but if you do not have gas in your home, it can be added. A gas water heater uses a burner at the tank's base so as water is heated, it rises and the cooler water sinks. This allows all the water in the tank to remain hot but does require the burner to come on regularly to keep that water ready to use.
If you do not have gas in your home, check with the utility company in your area to see if natural gas is available, and if not, you may need to contact a propane supplier to have them set up a tank and service for you. The gas installation allows you to use gas for a stove or dryer as well, so it may be worth the cost to add it to your home.
Tankless Water Heaters
There are also super-efficient tankless water heaters that provide hot water on demand and do not need to maintain a tank full of water so that can save a significant amount of money. Talk with your plumber about the best tankless option if this is something that you are interested in for your home.
Reach out to a local water heater service like Denton Gas Co., Inc. to discuss your needs.