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High Efficiency Water Heaters
The average home’s water heating expense accounts for about 15% of their total energy bill. Unfortunately, this has just been something homeowners have had to deal with for years, without any way to bring down that percentage. However, modern technology has made it possible to reduce energy consumption significantly with high-efficiency water heaters—designed to use less gas, oil, or electricity and reduce standby energy loss during low–demand hours.
If you are interested in learning more about these high-efficiency systems and how one of these new hot water heaters can immediately cut your energy bill, contact Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC today. Our MetroWest area water heater experts will help you evaluate your options to make an informed decision and start saving money immediately.
Did you know that just like your air conditioner and your furnace, your water heater has an efficiency rating? The energy factor (EF) is a measure of your water heater’s energy efficiency, which is based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed. The more efficient your water heater is, the higher the energy factor. This rating can be used for both tank and tankless water heaters; call a plumber today to learn more about having a high–efficiency water heater installed in your home.
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High-Efficiency Hot Water Heater Options
There are multiple types of high-efficiency water heaters on the market, with varying energy savings and initial installation costs depending on your particular needs and budget.
Condensing Water Heaters
Condensing water heaters, or condensing boilers, as they are sometimes called, are extremely efficient, using upwards of 90% of the energy they consume to heat water. They are similar to conventional water heaters in many ways, except they recapture the energy that would normally be vented out of the device after combustion.
Instead of heavy flue losses, which result in much higher energy bills, a condensing water heater condenses and reuses the remaining heat. The result is an extremely high heat retention rate, allowing you to save a tremendous amount of money.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters do away with the need for a storage tank altogether, instead they place heating elements at contact points within your home’s plumbing system. When you turn on the hot water tap, these heating devices turn on and heat water on demand. The result is about 85% efficiency—still significantly higher than a standard tank model.
There are a number of key differences in each of these water heating solutions. A high-efficiency water tank, for example, is easier to install and usually has a lower upfront cost, but it still uses energy to keep water hot even when it’s not needed. Tankless water heaters provide efficient hot water because they only run when hot water is needed, but the purchase prices are often higher than a tank system.
If you’re considering replacing your old water heater, now is a good time to call Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC. We’ve been installing and servicing high-efficiency hot water heaters in the MetroWest Boston area for years, and we’re always glad to assist another one of our neighbors. Call us today to learn more about our high-efficiency water heating options.