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How To Choose a New Water Heater

Posted: June 20, 2022

Get efficiency and comfort with Murray-Heutz!

water heater options maineIf your home’s water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan and becoming less efficient and reliable, thinking about shopping for a new water heater may be intimidating. But it does not have to be a hard process!

Murray-Heutz is here to help with expert water heater sales, installation, and service. We can also assist you with securing financing and any rebates your new water heater is eligible for. We’ll help you through every step of the process, starting with three things to think about that will help make your decision easier. 

Which energy source should I use for my water heater?

Is your present water heater powered by electricity? If it is, this is a perfect time to switch to a propane water heater!

Propane water heaters give you more comfort for less money.

Propane water heaters cost about $25 less per month to operate than electric water heaters, cutting the operating costs for your water heating by close to one-third. 

A propane water heater will save you up to $4,000 over the typical 10-year lifespan of a tank-style water heater from a comparable electric model because to its exceptional energy efficiency.

The energy efficiency of a propane water heater is great in other ways. Its recovery rate is twice as fast as a comparable electric water heater. The wait for hot water to take a shower will be dramatically reduced.

What kind of water heater should I get?

You have a choice when it comes to propane water heaters.

The traditional storage water heater with a tank has several benefits. A 40-gallon propane water heater model generates the same amount of hot water as a 50-gallon electric unit and does so much faster. It’s also cheaper to buy, install, maintain, and repair.

On-demand propane tankless water heaters provide limitless hot water. Furthermore, because it only heats water when you need it, your energy expenses will plummet significantly. When you consider that water heating takes up roughly 20% of your home’s energy consumption, that is a significant amount of money saved.

How do I know a water heater’s energy efficiency?

Look for the Energy Factor (EF) rating while comparing water heaters; this indicates a water heater’s overall energy efficiency based on how much hot water is generated per unit of fuel consumed over a normal day.

The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater is. Here is what goes into the EF rating: 

Recovery efficiency: How efficiently the heat is applied to the water

Standby loss: The percentage of heat loss per hour of the stored water 

Cycling loss: The loss of heat as the water circulates through the unit

Contact us to get started on upgrading to a new, high-efficiency water heater!