5 Considerations When Buying New Hot Water System
Over the past years, the water heating sector has seen some shakeups partly because of the higher water heater efficiency regulations, latest technology, as well as consumers looking beyond tank type water heaters. Because of this, several homeowners became confused about kind of water heater they should purchase. Therefore, if you are looking for a new hot water system, there are five things you need to know first to help you choose wisely.
Important Factors When Purchasing New Hot Water System
Efficiency and Size
If you have done your research online, you may have read about the NAECA 3. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) is responsible for regulating the energy consumed by specific major household appliances. NAECA 3, which is the latest revision that was implemented back in April 2015, called for higher energy efficiency ratings for water heaters. Tanks are required to have better insulation in order to decrease the heat loss, and in some cases, supported by other water heating solutions.
How does NAECA 3 help homeowners?
In case the existing tank was bought before the NAECA 3 regulation update, then your tank is bigger by at least 2 inches in height and diameter. The size increase presents more room for insulation, a space which cannot be used for hot water. Furthermore, you will no longer find tanks with a capacity of more than 55+ gallons. Before buying a new hot water system Myrtle Beach, you need to make perfectly sure that the space you have at home can accommodate a larger tank. You should also check if your hat water needs can be met by a tank with a much smaller capacity.
Electricity, Natural Gas, or Propane Powered Water Heater
You also need to consider the fuel source when you are in the market for a new water heater. Propane powered water heater has higher associated costs compared to one that uses natural gas. Electricity as well as natural gas are common sources and the latter is considered as the most affordable one.
Once you’ve determined your fuel source, the next thing you need to consider is how you want to heat your water. Will it be powered by natural gas or electricity? Almost all homes have electricity but only a few have access to natural gas. So, you need to make a choice.
Location of Your Water Heater
Because of the NAECA 3 requirements, installing a new and the same size water heater may not be possible. You may have heard about homeowners attempting to outfit their current water heater closet so that they would fit their bigger tank, only to discover that it won’t fit in the available space and they had no choice but to build out the area so that it would accommodate the bigger tank.
Starting Groundwater Temperature
You have to make sure that your home is properly sized when it comes to a tankless water heater. This means you have to calculate the power you need to get the required temperature. Groundwater temperature is your starting point and that’s why it’s important. In case you reside in a place with a colder climate, you need more power to heat your water. You should use groundwater temperature maps to know your area’s groundwater temperature.
How much hot water do you use at a given period?
Flow rate is the water flow rate from the hot water fixtures that were installed. The hot water’s output temperature, the power supplied to the electric tankless water heater, and a fixture’s flow rate demand all have a direct relationship when it comes to tankless electric water heaters. The temperature is lower if the flow rate is higher. Several tankless units can’t keep up with the requirements of the high flow fixtures like spa tubs and rain shower heads.
Buying a hot water system needs research and proper decision making. There’s more to the process than just considering the price. You have to take into account factors like the new energy efficient regulations, powering the system, where it will be placed, the groundwater temperature, as well as the types of fixtures you plan to use.
Call MBHS Plumbing for all concerns related to hot water systems.