Your water heater plays a significant role in the comfort of your home, from providing warm baths and showers to overall household needs. So when the time comes to pick a new one, you want to make sure you get a system that will meet the needs of your home and serve you well for many years to come.
When choosing a new water heater for your Las Vegas home, choose a water heating system that will provide not only sufficient hot water but also a system that’s energy efficient and cost-effective. This water heater guide will help you learn more about the different types of water heaters available and how to select the right model for your Las Vegas home.
Types of Water Heaters
It’s a great idea to know the different types of water heaters available before you buy one:
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters – This unit provides a ready reservoir or storage tank of hot water
- Tankless or Demand-Type Water Heaters – Heats water directly without the use of a storage tank
- Heat Pump Water Heaters – Moves heat from one place to another instead of producing heat directly to provide hot water
- Solar Water Heater – Uses the sun’s heat to generate hot water
- Tankless Coil and Indirect Water Heater – Uses a home’s space heating system to heat water
Selecting the Best Water Heater
So how do you identify which one is best for you? Here are some things to consider when choosing the best type and model of water heater for your Las Vegas home:
Fuel – Natural gas is much more efficient and much more affordable than electricity, which means that having a gas water heater tends to cost less than electric. If you don’t have natural gas hooked up to your home, adding it will be an extra expense, but it could save you money in the long run.
Hybrid heat pump models are also available, and they function by drawing heat from the surrounding air and moving it into the storage tank. Hybrids use an average of 60% less energy than standard electric water heaters.
Tank Capacity – Nobody likes running out of hot water halfway through their shower, so it’s crucial to consider the size of the tank and make sure that you have enough warm water to fulfill your household needs. The best tank water heaters contain at least 40 gallons, but some can save up to 80 gallons. If you don’t want to worry about running out of hot water again, a Tankless water heater is for you. Tankless water heater heat water on demand, so they never run out of hot water. The downside is that you may have to wait for a couple of seconds for that hot water to come through and chances are you won’t be able to run two showers at once unless you get two of this water heater in your home.
Presumably, a two-person household requires a 30-40 gallon heater, a family of three or four would demand 40-50 gallons, and houses with five or more should consider a 50-80 gallon heater. But hold up, there’s more important than the size of the tank, it’s the FHR (First Hour Rating). The FHR estimates the amount of hot water a heater can reliably put out in a certain amount of time. If your household has high hot water demands and your water heater has a big tank, but low in FHR, you may still find yourself in cold showers.
Energy Efficiency – To maximize your energy and cost savings, you may want to identify how energy efficient the water heater is before you buy it. A water heater’s efficiency can be determined by a water heater’s Energy Factor (ER). Based on the amount of hot water generated per unit of fuel consumed, an energy factor includes:
Recovery Efficiency: How efficient the fuel is when transferring heat to the water.
Standby Losses: The amount of heat loss per hour from the stored water compared to the water’s heat.
Cycling Losses: The loss of heat as the water circulates through the pipes or tank.
Cost – When buying a water heater, it is necessary to look at not only the purchase cost, but also the installation, maintenance, and operating costs to identify if it is worth investing in a more efficient water heating unit.
Other Features to Consider
There are some additional features you’ll want to look for to ensure your water heater will last longer:
Brass Valves – Water heater valves come in two types: brass and plastic. Brass valves tend to stand the best of time better than plastic valves.
Glass Line Tanks – This feature prevents your tank from corrosion.
Length of Warranty – Usually, warranties can cover your heater from 3 to 12 years. We recommend looking for one with a more extended warranty.
We hope you find this water heater guide helpful in buying the best water heater for your Las Vegas home. If you’re still not decided on what to get, our expert Las Vegas water heater technicians are happy to review your options and recommend specific heaters for your home or business.
Call us today at (888) 671-7767 or email [email protected] to schedule your water heater installation, repair, or maintenance services.