Choosing a new water heater in Long Island can seem like an overwhelming task. There are many factors to consider when choosing your new water heater such as:
- Tank style
- Fuel type
- Energy efficiency
The Tank Style
There are two main options for water heaters in Long Island today: tankless water heaters and conventional storage tank heaters.
The traditional tank heater will be installed in your basement, laundry room, or even your garage since they take up a large amount of space. These heaters work by storing hot water in a tank that is sent to wherever you turn on the hot water tap in your home. They can vary in efficiency depending on the fuel source (natural gas, electric, or propane). This is likely the model installed in your home right now.
A tankless water heater, commonly called an “on-demand” unit, is much smaller than a tank heater. They are hung on the wall which frees up floor space in basements and laundry rooms. They are less expensive to run than traditional tank heaters since they only heat water when you need it. They also provide endless hot water since there is no tank to refill and reheat- the water is sent over a heating element as you use it. You also don’t need to worry about heat loss as water sits in a tank to be used. These units are easy to adjust and allow for more efficient hot water usage.
Size of Your Tank
This consideration only applies if you are installing a conventional tank water heater in Long Island. The size of your water heater will be dependant on the needs of your family. If you have a large home, the number of people living in the house will determine the size you choose. A household of 1-2 people may only need a 25-35 gallon tank, while a family of 5 or more will need a tank capable of holding upwards of 60 gallons. It’s important to choose the correct size so your family can enjoy consistent access to hot water.
Next, you need to think of what fuel will heat your water. Many water heaters are compatible with a range of fuel types such as electric and natural gas. Some heaters work best with natural gas, while others are most efficient using electricity. It’s important to talk to your water heating specialist about the fuel requirements of whatever model you buy. It’s also crucial that your home has the right fuel hookups for the model you choose. If you don’t already have natural gas in your home, you will need to install gas lines to power those models.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
Investing in a new water heater will increase the efficiency of your water heating system no matter the option you choose. If your water heater is over 10 years old, an update to your system will immediately improve efficiency. No matter which type you choose for your home, look at the EF rating first. The EF rating determines how efficiently a unit converts energy into heat and how much heat is lost during storage. Tankless on-demand systems are more efficient than conventional tank models overall. They do not lose heat during storage since water is only made when needed- no tank to lose any heat! They can be up to 34% more efficient than the traditional tank unit according to the U.S. Department of Energy. These units also tend to be more durable and have a longer lifespan than the holding tank models.
Cost Of New Water Heater
This consideration will be the most crucial to homeowners installing a water heater in Long Island. A new unit is a major investment in your home and quality of life. Choosing a heater that will satisfy your needs while operating in a cost-efficient manner will be critical. It is important to review the different types of models, their efficiency, and the typical maintenance costs in order to choose the right heater. You should work with your local Rebmann Plumbing water heating technician in order to ensure that the right water heater is being installed.