Every home needs a water heater to enjoy the modern benefits of temperature preferred water. But the number of options on the market can make the process of picking one pretty difficult and unnecessarily confusing. Keep reading for help choosing the right water heater for your home. We’ll cover the size, whether to choose electric or gas and the costs involved.

Considering all the Options

As I mentioned, there’s no shortage of options when you’re in the market for a water heater. There are the storage varieties, which include full-sized and compact versions, tankless heaters and even the kind that goes right under your sink. You’ll also need to consider the type of fuel you’ll want to use for your water heater. There are those that run on natural gas or propane. Electricity’s always an option as well. Many still even run on less common options like wood and/or wood pellets.

Of course, there are other considerations too. You’ll need to think about how much space you have in your home as that will determine the size you’re able to accommodate. Take time to think about the options you have for storing it too as you may have some you haven’t explored. This could mean a bigger or better water heater. Fortunately, this buying guide will help you take advantage of all the options you have available to you.

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Storage Water Heaters

When most people think of water heaters, they imagine the storage variety. They’re tall and cylindrical tanks that generally come in white. These water heaters run on electricity, propane, natural gas or fuel oil to carry out their operation. Depending on their size, storage water heaters can hold between 20 and 120 gallons of water at once.

For the most part, your water heater will last you about 13 years. While this alone makes them a good investment, you can do much more. You want one that operates as efficiently as possible (and, of course, there are things you can do to ensure this), so you don’t spend those 13 years operating at a huge loss. When you think about how often you need hot water in your home, it’s easy to see how much money you could waste by using inefficient heaters. The easiest way to know how efficient a model is and compare it to others is by checking the EnergyGuide label on each of them.

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