Save Energy | Upgrade To High-Efficiency Water Heater
A natural gas or propane water heater will generally use up about 17% of the energy in your home, and are notoriously known for being inefficient. Even when they are brand new they are truly only at most 59% efficient due to heat loss through the flue and walls of the tank. If your heater is an older model, the case is likely much worse. You could be losing half your heat! Electric water heaters also guzzle some major energy. While upgrading your gas or propane water heater to a new model will help with energy savings and efficiency, upgrading your electric water heater likely won’t make much of a difference. You can increase energy efficiency by upgrading to a high high-efficiency water heater.
Water Heater Buying Tips
A new conventional water heater can cost thousands of dollars, depending on installation and model. Here are some tips on water heater shopping to keep you from spending unnecessarily.
- Always buy an energy star rated product that is at least 63 to 67% efficient.
- Buy a high-efficiency electric model with an insulation rating of R-22 or better.
- Check into off peak rates for electric water heaters by speaking to your energy provider.
- Purchase the right size for your home. Too big and too small will both be less efficient at heating your water.
- The longer the warranty the better. If the model has a longer warranty (10-12 years) then it is likely better insulated and has better heat transfer and larger heating elements. In other words, it will work more efficient for a longer period of time.
Protect Your Investments
You will always want to make sure you check for recalls of appliances, such as water heaters, in your home to protect your investment and keep your family safe. If your home inspection does not include a recall check of appliances you are leaving yourself open to potential disaster, and missing out on free repairs. At Aurora Home Inspections, when we perform a home inspection, we include a free recall check each and every time.