How to Choose a Water Heater

Water heating is the largest energy user in your home, next to heating and cooling. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, households typically spend between $400-$600 per year for hot water. That’s why it’s so important to find the right water heater for your home. There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new water heater, including: type, capacity, efficiency and cost. Who knew choosing a water heater for your home could be so difficult?

We recommend asking yourself two important questions before you begin:

  1. How do you need the water heater to perform?
  2. Do you want to pay more money upfront for an energy efficient model to save money over the lifetime of the equipment?

Once you answer those questions you’ll be able to eliminate a few of your choices.

TYPES OF WATER HEATERS:

Standard storage water heaters

Standard storage water heaters are the most commonly used type of water heater.

  • They store and heat water in a reservoir tank.
  • Water is heated using electric.
  • As water is used, the water heater tank is refilled and a set temperature is maintained to deliver hot water whenever it is needed.
  • Its life expectancy is generally around 6-10 years if you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. Rheem Energy Star ®electric water heaters include a 6-year limited tank and parts warranty.

Our qualified plumbers are water heating experts that can help you choose a standard storage water heater with the right capacity and energy efficiency necessary to meet your specific household needs. We are proud to offer high-quality, high efficiency Rheem Energy Star® standard storage water heaters.

Hybrid water heaters

Hybrid water heaters operate a lot like heat pumps, they transfer heat from the air into the water.

  • They typically require more physical space due to the heat pump on top of it.
  • It costs more initially to install but uses much less energy than traditional water heaters over its lifetime, with over twice the efficiency of standard electric water heaters.
  • It typically pays for itself after 3 years and has an average life expectancy of 15 years.
  • Operating costs are roughly half that of even the most efficient standard electric water heaters on the market today.
  • Ideal choice for new homes and for electric water heater replacements in attics and garages.
  • Installs as easily as a standard electric water heater.

We are proud to offer Rheem Hybrid water heaters to the Southeast Florida area. Speak with a Lindstrom plumbing technician to discover which water heater would work best in your home.