A new water heater is a purchase we’re not likely to show off to friends and family, but it’s a big decision and your household depends on its service. There are a lot of choices when it comes to how to heat your H2O, and satisfaction depends on asking the right questions:
• Which fuel source?
Is your current water heater fueled by natural gas, like most, or does electricity provide the power? Do you want to stick with the fuel source you have? Are you willing to have the water heater vented to accommodate the quick heating properties of a gas-fired unit?
• High efficiency? How high?
Most Canadians are now aware of how important it can be to choose higher efficiency appliances. Opting for high efficiency helps reduce environmental emissions, and reduces monthly utility cost. Most new water heaters are more efficient than those produced years ago, but choosing a higher efficiency model is always better. Look for a balance between efficiency and the cost of your new water heater.
• What about “tankless” water heaters?
Tankless water heaters have gained popularity in recent years because of their extreme efficiency. Available in gas or electric models, a tankless unit heats water “on-demand” rather than storing heated water in a tank. Retrofitting your home’s plumbing for a tankless system can be an issue, but a tankless unit might be an especially good option if you’re building a new home. The plumbing can be installed to accommodate the tankless requirement, and you’ll enjoy significant monthly utility savings.
• Who will install your new water heater?
Like any major appliance, the installation of your new water heater has to be handled the right way. A professional from a reputable company like Arpi’s can offer expert advice on the options, then make sure the connections, the venting and the operation of your new unit is rock solid and safe.
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