Best Water Heater Installation and Repair in Cincinnati
Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy user in the home.
Did you know that heating your water accounts for about 14% of your utility bill? That can be a large sum of money, so here are some things to think about before you purchase your new water heater.
Capacity, Energy Efficiency, and Cost
It is important to consider capacity when you choose the water heater for your home. The first-hour rating (FHR) is the amount of hot water (measured in gallons) that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. The most important factors in correctly sizing your water heater are the FHR and the tank size. A properly sized water heater will provide the hot water you need without over-producing, which means you will save money with lower energy usage. Call Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and we will size and install your new water heater.
The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The EF value becomes higher as the efficiency of the water heater increases. However, a higher EF value doesn’t always mean it will operate at lower costs. You also have to consider the fuel sources. Choosing an Energy Star rated unit and a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation is advised.
Remember to think about the operating cost of your water heater and not just the equipment cost. You may save money on the water heater but your utility bills may be higher.