Choosing a new hot water heater for your Cherry Hill home means that you have to find a way to maximize your budget. Ideally, the new water heater should offer affordable upfront costs and long-term energy savings. Cardwell Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. We work with homeowners like you to find the best hot water heaters for their families.
Considerations for a New Hot Water Heater
When you are deciding on which hot water heater model is best for your house, you should consider several factors beyond the upfront cost. These factors include:
- Expected lifespan
- Size and capacity
- Ease of installation
- Fuel costs
Fuel Sources for Your New Hot Water Heater
The most common fuel sources for hot water heaters are electricity, natural gas, and oil. Solar is gradually becoming another popular option for homeowners. Electricity is easily accessible, but it is also the most expensive way to run a hot water heater. Natural gas is cheaper than electricity, but you may have to add fuel lines if you are replacing an electric hot water heater. Oil and propane for hot water heaters are more common in rural areas of Illinois and can be expensive for homeowners. Often times, though, these are the only options if natural gas is not available. Solar energy can be used for hot water heaters, and this is among the most energy-efficient type of fuel.
Storage Tank Water Heater
In addition to the fuel source for your hot water heater, you will also have to choose a style of water heater. The most common design is the storage tank water heater. The tank holds 20 to 80 gallons of water that is continuously heated to a specific temperature. When you use hot water in your house, it is replaced in the tank by cold water, and the entire volume of water is heated again to reach the temperature setting. You can operate storage tank water heaters with electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, and solar energy. This is considered the least energy-efficient design because the water in the tank loses heat; therefore, the heater runs even when you do not use hot water in your home.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Also known as an on-demand water heater, a tankless hot water heater does not have a storage tank. Cold water runs through coils that are superheated and distributed to where you need hot water. Not only are tankless water heaters more energy-efficient, but they also deliver an almost endless supply of hot water. Make sure to choose a tankless hot water heater that is sized for your family’s needs. If you choose a tankless hot water heater that is too small, you may have only lukewarm or cold water when demand is high within your house.
Heat Pump Water Heater
Heat pump water heaters, also referred to as hybrid systems, do not rely on electricity to heat water. Instead, the system uses heat from the ground and air to warm the water. Most models of heat pump water heaters use 60% less electricity than traditional storage tank models. The unit only uses electricity to move heat from the ground and air. No electricity is needed to actually heat the water.
Solar Power Hot Water Heater
If you already have solar energy for your residence or want to add panels to reduce energy use, you can find hot water heaters that run on solar power. Solar panels gather energy from the sun that is transferred to a series of materials that conduct heat. The heat is transferred to water in a tank to provide your family with hot water. We do recommend that you have a secondary source of power in your house as a backup to solar energy. Solar-powered hot water heaters are among the most energy-efficient options for Cherry Hill homeowners.
Condensing Hot Water Heater
If you are replacing a natural gas hot water heater, we recommend that you install a condensing hot water heater to maximize energy savings. This type of water heater relies on the exhaust of your natural gas use to heat water. Essentially, with a condensing hot water heater, you are using energy in the exhaust that would otherwise be wasted when it is released outside your house.
Find an Energy-Efficient Hot Water Heater for Your Home
Since 2012, Cardwell Heating & Air Conditioning has provided professional HVAC services to homeowners in Cherry Hills and the surrounding areas of New Jersey. Call us today to learn more! Our team can help you with heating and cooling repair, maintenance, and installation.