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Residential Water Heaters That Meet the Newest Efficiency Standards

So you need a new water heater. In the past, you had only a few options, and would likely just replace your current water heater with another of the same make and model. However, in today’s high-efficiency world, there are a lot of new options for you to consider. These options will help to improve the green living profile of your home and make your home more energy efficient.

New standards for residential water heater efficiency were announced by the Department of Energy on April 16, 2016. View the announcement here.

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What to Consider When Buying a New Water Heater:

  • Fuel type, availability and cost
  • Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
  • Length of warranty
  • Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
  • Estimated energy efficiency of various models
  • Maintenance and repair information
  • How well your old unit supplied your demand
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Water Heater Options

Depending on the size of your family, you will want to select a water heater with the best recovery rate for your needs. The water heater should deliver enough hot water where and when your home needs it, in the most cost-effective and energy efficient manner. You also may need more than one water heater to effectively supply your home, depending on the floorplan.

Gas Water Heaters in Chicagoland

The gas water heater is the most common type found in American homes. These models usually have a tank that holds anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons. When you turn on your faucet, hot water is delivered from the top of your water heater tank. Cold water then enters the bottom of the tank, and it is heated by propane, oil, or natural gas fuel.

Electric Water Heaters in Chicagoland

An electric water heater has a storage tank and heats water similar to gas units. However, instead of a fuel-type, they heat water using two electric elements, and each has its own thermostat.

Tankless Water Heaters in Chicagoland

A third option for water heaters is the tankless variety. While these cost more upfront, they are more efficient and offer a practically endless supply of hot water as there is no storage tank and no standby heat loss. This type of unit may be your best option, depending on the demands of your home.

Solar Water Heaters in Chicagoland

The final option for a water heater is a solar water heater. These units are powered by the sun, and the unit consists of a storage tank and a solar collector. These systems are often installed in higher latitudes; additionally, they may require design components that would add cost and system complexity.

Energy Efficiency Considerations

There is a lot to consider when deciding which type of water heater is the best solution for your home. While gas and electric options can lose some efficiency because water is constantly being heated, these versions have improved significantly over past models. Spending a bit more up front will likely give you better efficiency and safe your home money in the long term. Make sure to look for an insulation rating of an R-16 or better.

Tankless water heaters will save money by reheating the same water, and you would not have to wait as long for the water to warm up.

Cost Considerations

The total cost of your new water heater will vary for a range of reasons. These variations include water line connections, gas line, access and type of water heater, and strapping. Your best bet is to consult a professional plumber for a free evaluation. An in-home consultation is the best option, as a “blind” quote over the phone is very often not correct.

Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® Chicago today by calling 630-438-6900 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your water heater.

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