New water heater

With winter fast approaching, you don’t want to be left out in the cold with a broken water heater. Whether you’re remodeling, replacing or just looking for greater energy efficiency, a new water heater can make a huge impact on monthly utility costs.

Understanding the differences between the latest options available will help you to select the model that best suits the needs of you and your family. 

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Here are the latest types of water heaters on the market:

Conventional storage

The most popular option, conventional-storage water heaters typically hold between 30 to 80 gallons. Heat sources can be electric, petroleum or natural gas. In a conventional storage tank, the water is continuously heated based on the temperature you select, even when you’re not using it.

Pros: Least expensive up front

Cons: Larger in size, can run out of water

Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Price: $450+

Tankless

A tankless water heater is a great option for those looking to save space and energy. These heaters work by heating the water as it passes through the coils of the heater. The water is heated on demand, so you’re not paying to heat water you may not be using. Because of their small size, most homes need more than one water heater.

Pros: Very small, energy efficient

Cons: Pricey, average starting price exceeds $1,000

Life expectancy: 20 years

Price: $1,000+

Solar

As the price of solar panels drops, solar heating is becoming a more popular option. Solar water heaters use panels to absorb the sun and then transfer that energy to an anti-freeze type solution that heats the water. A better choice for warm, sunny regions of the country, solar water heaters are able to harness more energy during the summer months.

Pros: Environmentally friendly

Cons: Average time to recoup costs on solar panels can exceed 10 years

Life expectancy: 20 years

Price: $8,000 – $10,000 (including installation) 

Condensing

Condensing water heaters are similar to conventional water heaters, but differ in that they use exhaust gas that would normally be released from the flue to heat the water.  Popular in Europe as residential water heaters, condensing water heaters are more often used in commercial than residential properties.

Pros: Environmentally friendly

Cons: Requires a gas line and venting configuration

Life expectancy: 5-6 years

Price: Average price for 48-gallon tank: $1,900

Heat pump (hybrid)

Hybrid heat pump water heaters use heat from the air or the ground to heat the water. Because these water heaters depend on the surrounding air to heat the water, these are best used in climates that remain between 40° – 90°.

Pros: Environmentally friendly

Cons: Size – because the heat pump rests on top of the pump, some models require 7 feet of clearance from floor to ceiling

Life expectancy: 5-6 years

Price: Average price for 58-gallon tank: $2,500

Once you consider your budget, space needs and commitment to energy efficiency, to choose the best water heater for your property, give one of our experts a call to see how we can help you with a personal loan at (888) 983-3240.

Published Dec. 6, 2017

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