It is fall yet again, and we are often asked a lot of questions about water heaters in the fall, especially in recent years.  Traditional, tankless, vented.  There are a lot of choices in the market these days, and if you are wondering about water heaters, here are a few defining characteristics of each type to help you decide which one is right for your home.

  • Traditional Water Heaters: These water heaters are still the most common water heaters.  They are simple to install, and not extremely cost prohibitive.  The main factor to take into account is how much hot water you use in one day, so we can size the water heater accordingly.  If you have a larger family, you will want to install a larger size to ensure you have enough hot water each day.  They come in 40 gallon, 50 gallon and 80 gallon sizes, and the Sensible team can help you size accordingly.
  • Tankless or On Demand Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters are more expensive than the traditional version, however many people feel the energy savings is worth the initial investment, since they use 30-50% less energy.  Tankless water heaters only heat as much water as is currently needed, hence the term on-demand.  They can also be excellent if you are finishing your basement and would like the space savings that a tankless water heater provides, as they are much smaller than a traditional water heater.
  • Power-Vent Water Heater: This is the mid-range option for water heaters.  They are more energy efficient than a traditional water heater, and they provide better water recovery.  If you are having an issue with enough hot water in your home, this is a great option to explore.

As you can see, with the variety of options, it is important to discuss water heater installation with an HVAC professional to determine what you both need and want.  Budget is also a consideration, as is energy costs.  If you are in the market for a new water heater, give us a call today!  We are happy to discuss your specific situation and your options.  Call 720-876-7166 or email Phil at phil@sensibleheat.net.