Regardless of where you live, making sure you have the proper size water heater to provide the amount of hot water to last normal routines within your family is very important. There are several options when it comes to water heaters. You will first need to consider whether you prefer a gas or electric water heater; then you will need to decide if you prefer a standard tank filled water heater and if so which size or a tankless water heater.

Understanding your needs and the realities of what these types of units offer will help you make your decision. Electric and Gas units both offer energy-efficient units, and while gas is typically thought of as being more efficient, gas units that have pilot lights do have more energy that is being wasted. Overall tankless water heaters are known to use 30 – 50 % less energy than standard tank heaters.

Tank style water heaters are designed to keep a reservoir of water within the tank and keep a portion of the water heated to a certain temperature allowing the hot water to be distributed as you use it. A tankless water heater actually heats the water as it travels through the unit, therefore not having a reservoir of water but rather generating hot water on demand, as it is needed. One benefit to this has to do with an endless supply of hot water, within capacity of the unit.

As with most gas water heaters, tank style water heaters need to be properly ventilated. These are typically vented using a direct vent or a conventional exhaust flue. While reviewing the available units it is clear the tankless units take up much less space than standard tank style water heaters. Tankless style heaters are also available as a smaller unit, designed to be installed at a singular location to generate hot water within a specific area upon demand. These type of insta-hot units are commonly used in bathroom or laundry room/workspace sinks. This may help reduce the actual amount of water needed to typically heat up the water of a standard style water heater.

Water heaters generally have a 10 – 15 year warranty where most tankless heaters offer a 20 year warranty. One thing to consider during this usage period is to be aware of a regular maintenance schedule to assure longevity of your unit. Tankless heaters may have a calcium buildup, which if left untreated, could cause more service updates. Make sure you understand your product and consider the recommended maintenance to make the most of your investment.

Working with a reputable builder may offer some security with understanding the availability of products you may choose to place within the construction of your new custom home. A good builder will ensure the electric service is built to contain the amount of power needed to support whichever type of unit you choose, or making certain the gas unit you choose is properly ventilated. Overall, there are several options to choose from, and depending on what part of the country you live in, or the amount of hot water you and your family require in a normal day will help you to make the best decision for your new home.

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