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Are You Replacing Your Water Heater?

Written on: April 5, 2021

Factors You Need To Consider

water heater options new yorkYour water heater is a critical piece of equipment in your Hudson Valley home. It provides cleaning, comfort, and more.

If your home’s water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan, and it has become inefficient, the idea of having to do comparison shopping for a new water heater may feel like a daunting task.

It doesn’t have to be. We have three things to think about that will help make the process easier.

What Energy Source To Choose

Is your current water heater powered by electricity? If it is, this is a golden opportunity to switch to a propane water heater!

Why make the switch? Two reasons: more comfort, less cost.

Propane water heaters cost about $25 less per month to operate than electric water heaters, cutting the operating costs for your water heating by close to one-third.

Thanks to the stellar energy efficiency propane offers, a propane water heater will save you up to $4,000 over the average 10-year lifespan of a conventional tank-style water heater from a comparable electric model.

Energy and money savings are not the only ways the energy efficiency of a propane water heater benefit you. Its recovery rate is twice as fast than a comparable electric water heater. Your waiting for hot water to take a shower will be dramatically reduced.

What Type Of Water Heater To Choose

You have a choice when it comes to propane water heaters.

The conventional storage water heater with a tank offers some advantages. A 40-gallon propane water heater model delivers the same amount of hot water as a 50-gallon electric unit and delivers it much faster. It is also inexpensive to install, maintain, and repair.

A propane tankless water heater provides endless hot water, on-demand. Also, because it only heats water when you need it, your water heating energy costs will shrink big time. When you take into account that water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy costs, that’s a nice chunk of change.

How To Choose The Most Energy-Efficient Water Heater

As you shop around, look for the Energy Factor (EF) rating, which rates a water heater’s overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day. 

The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater is. Here is what goes into the EF rating:

Recovery efficiency: How efficiently the heat is applied to the water
Standby loss: The percentage of heat loss per hour of the stored water
Cycling loss: The loss of heat as the water circulates through the unit

Kimlin Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for water heater installation and service, as well as reliable propane delivery. Become a customer today!