Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy user in the home.
Water heating accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. This is a large investment, so here are some things that you need to know to make an informed decision.
Capacity, Energy Efficiency, and Cost
Capacity is critical in choosing the correct water heater for your home. The first-hour rating (FHR) is the amount of hot water in gallons that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. This and the tank size are very important factors in correctly sizing your water heater. Proper sizing provides you the hot water that you need without over-producing which would increase your energy usage and utility bills. Call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to learn what size fits your needs and to install the water heater in your home.
The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The more efficient the water heater the higher EFs . However, just because a water heater has a higher EF value, it doesn’t always mean it will have lower operating costs. You also have to consider the fuel sources. Choosing a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating is also advisable.
While cost of the water heater is important, don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money on the equipment but pay more to the utility company.