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A water heater is the second-largest expense in our homes, according to the Department of Energy, accounting for 14% to 18% of our utility bills. This makes picking the right water heater for your home an important decision not only for your comfort, but for keeping energy costs under control, too.
Most tank water heaters are powered by gas or electricity. The type of energy available in your home will play a role in deciding which water heater you should buy.
By far the most popular option, standard water heaters use a gas flame or electric heating element to heat water. If you do not have gas available in your home an electric water heater could be right for you.
Depending on your utility costs here in Knoxville, gas water heaters are typically cheaper to operate than electric. They also cost more upfront than an electric. However, based on energy savings, gas heaters generally make up the difference in price in about one year.
Have 20- to 80-gallon capacities, but it’s not gallon capacity that’s most important, rather it’s a measure of efficiency called first-hour rating. Whether you choose a gas water heater or an electric water heater we can help you choose the right size at the right price.
Standard gas water heaters are less expensive than other water heater types and have an average lifespan of eight to 15 years.
As the name implies, high-efficiency (HE) models are the most energy-efficient storage tank water heaters you can buy. You’ll find both gas and electric models.
Most gas water heaters have an energy factor (EF) number, set by the U.S. Department of Energy, to help consumers compare the efficiency of similar appliances. The bigger the EF number, the more efficient the appliance.
Heat-pump water heaters: Need a lot of space — roughly 1,000 cubic feet of air space around the unit. They also need to be located in a spot in your home that consistently remains between 40 degrees and 90 degrees so they can draw on warm surrounding air.
They have an average lifespan of eight to 15 years.