Tank Water Heater

You depend on your water heater for a lot. After all, you expect access to hot water when you need it for as long as you want it, and your water heater is what makes that possible. If you have started to have problems with your tank water heater or if you think it may be time to look into getting a new one, you need to take the selection process seriously.


Of course, you don’t buy water heaters on a regular basis so the process can seem overwhelming. That is why seeking out professional help can be such an important step in this process. The greater Wilmington area tank hot water heater experts at Boulden Brothers are here to help. We have a staff full of experts who can advise you on the different models of water heaters we offer and help guide you in the right direction as you get closer to making a decision.
Water Heater Tank Size
One important element to consider when examining your tank water heater options is how large of a tank you need. Tank water heaters maintain a reserve supply of hot water that you can then tap into when you need hot water anywhere in your home. Because of this dynamic, the size of the tank your water heater has will directly affect how much hot water you can use at a time.
A tank that is too small will be empty before you have satisfied your hot water needs. To pick the right sized tank, you must know the maximum amount of hot water your family will use at any given time. That does not mean that you should just pick the biggest tank. The larger the tank, the more expensive the water heater—you don’t want to spend more than you need to.
The initial cost of the unit is not the only thing you need to worry about. Keep in mind that the water heater will be using fuel to keep the water in the tank at the right temperature at all times. If you have a larger tank, your water heater will need more energy to keep the water hot. So the expense of having a larger tank does not stop at installation.
 
Your best bet is to work with a professional to determine exactly how much hot water your household uses on a regular basis and at peak times. This way you can make an informed decision about which type of tank water heater is right for you.
Your best bet is to work with a professional to determine exactly how much hot water your household uses on a regular basis and at peak times. This way you can make an informed decision about which type of tank water heater is right for you.
Water Heater Energy Efficiency
You should also pay attention to the respective energy efficiency ratings of the tank water heaters you are considering. Most modern models are quite energy efficient but some are better than others. It is worth paying attention to because it can help you save more money in the end.
Boulden Brothers plumbers are water heater experts you can trust. Whether you’re in New Castle County, Delaware, Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania or Cecil County, Maryland, a clean, screened, trained, and timely Boulden Brothers plumber is standing by to get you back in hot water right now.
The Importance of High Efficiency
Heating water makes up approximately 15% of your overall home energy bill.  According to the Department of Energy, an average residential home will spend between $400 and $600 annually to heat water and utilize approximately 64 gallons of hot water daily.  Having a high efficiency, properly maintained water heater is important for reducing cost and conserving energy.
How to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient
Once you have considered the proper size and fuel type for your home, be sure to pick the right type heater for your residence (i.e. solar, tankless, hybrid).  
Another step to consider is insulating your water heater’s pipes.  Insulating can increase the temperature of the water by 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit meaning you can lower the temperature of your heater below the recommended 120 degrees.  Most pipe insulation comes in the form of pipe sleeves, cut to the proper length and wrapped in tape or clamped.
With just a few simple switches and projects, you’re one step closer to improving the efficiency of your home’s water heater.

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