Your water heater is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your house. You probably never see it and you rarely think of it, but that system provides you with the water to clean yourself, your dishes, your clothes, and just about everything else you need each day. So, when you need service, repair, or installation of a new water heater in Cleveland, OH area, call Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating – where expert plumbers can ensure it operates as it’s designed to.
Water heaters come in many different formats; which one you choose will depend on the size of your home, your energy needs, and the existing infrastructure of your plumbing. There are two general types of water heaters – tank based systems and tankless water heaters. The latter is more efficient because it only heats the water you need, but the former generally ensures you have hot water available at all times. Here are some additional features to consider in making your decision.
- How Much it Produces – Water heaters are measured by how much water they can produce in one hour or the FHR (first hour rating). This number tells you how much water can be produced from the moment you turn on the hot water to 60 minutes later. The more, the better.
- Heating Source – Gas or electric? Where you live will have a big impact on which of these is more affordable, but gas does not rely on electrical lines and is generally more earth friendly. It can cost a bit more, but the benefits are many.
- Water Consumption – How much water does your water heater use each day. Imagine how much water you use on Sunday when you do the dishes, everyone takes baths or showers and you wash the clothes. Make sure the water heater you choose can handle this load.
These factors are very important in helping you choose a heater, but for those still trying to decide between tank based and tankless water heaters in Cleveland, here are some additional details to consider:
Tank Water Heaters in Greater Cleveland
Modern technology has made tank heaters far more efficient than they once were, though you will find that gas based heaters are the most efficient, even if they cost a bit more to start with. If you lose electricity, keep in mind that you will maintain a water source for at least a couple of hours and that you can use the water throughout the house simultaneously. Conversely, however, you can run out of water if the tank empties. Also, the tank will turn on periodically throughout the day even if you are not using it to keep the water up to temperature. Timer valves can help to reduce power consumption, but there will still be some loss.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are a newer form of water heating that is much more energy efficient, though they can cost a bit more than traditional tanks up front. Additionally, tankless heaters can only supply heated water to one or two fixtures at a time, so installing only one can be very limiting if you have a large family or frequently have visitors.
The biggest benefit here is that the tankless heaters only use as much energy as is needed to heat the water you are using at any given time. This means you will have hot water whenever you need it throughout the day, but you’re not wasting energy (and money) keeping the water warm in a tank 24 hours a day.
But, because of those benefits, if you need a burst of hot water at any given point in time, there will be a fixed limit on how much you can use. You will need a whole house tankless water heater or multiple standard units to be able to supply competing water demands—for instance running a shower and dishwasher at once.
Deciding on a water heater for a home in Avon, Avon Lake, and Greater Cleveland, Ohio area is a big decision. If you are still not sure what is best for you, contact Pompeii’s Plumbing today and talk to one of our trained Cleveland plumbers. We can help you map out the best solutions for your home.