How to Pick the Right Gas Water Heater
It is no longer news that using the water heater can take up 20% or above of our annual energy cost and that gas water heaters are better in terms of energy efficiency and the time taken to heat water when compared with other types.
Therefore, installing a gas water heater in your home or business location can be considered as the smartest decision to make. More so, you’d need to call experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbings if you want to install gas water heaters because we have certified and experienced plumbers who can professionally handle the installation process at a very affordable rate.
However, it is important to have the correct information about choosing the right gas water heater that will function efficiently as well as last for many years.
The size and brand of the water heater
The capacity or size of the water heater depends on the number of people in your household in addition to the frequency of hot water use. If have a family of 4 to 5 members, with three to four hot water outlets in your home, it is advisable to buy an 80-gallon gas water heater.
Additionally, when you have little kids at home, they will probably make use of more hot water than a house that has mature individuals with minimal need for hot water. Moreover, a tiny gas water heater will not supply sufficient hot water when the need arises and could leave you showering in lukewarm water.
The brand of the water heater is another critical factor to consider. It's better to go for known or popular brands than buying the units made by new manufacturers in the industry.
We’d advise you to get water heater brands like:
- The A. O Smith ProMax water heaters
- The Rheem Performance platinum gas water heater
- Rinnai gas tankless water heaters
Energy factor rating of the water heater
The energy factor rating of water heaters determine how energy efficient the unit will be and its ability to save you a lot of money in the long run. This was established by the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) IN 2015, and it takes into account the standby loss, recovery efficiency and cycling loss of the unit. This implies that gas storage water heaters must have a minimum EF rating of 0.5 or above.
You need to ask the retailer about the EF factor of the unit or call experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbings for recommendations before making a payment.
The first-hour rating of the unit
The first-hour rating of the gas water heater is the amount of hot water the particular unit could deliver in a set amount of time. You should consider this factor when you have a family that requires hot water during the same hour in the morning or evening.
To enjoy the high efficiency of a new water heater, you should consider energy star certified, high first-hour rating models with EF of 0.6 or higher.
Don’t go for a product with short a warranty because that signifies that it was manufactured with low-quality materials. The product warranty of your unit should be from eight to twelve years.
Other factors that should influence your buying decision are digital displays, glass lined tanks and products with brass valves. Call experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbings for more clarifications.