Let’s talk about a tireless yet under-appreciated house device … your water heater! Though it’s not as glamorous as a stainless-steel refrigerator or an expert cook’s stove, the hot water heating system nonetheless plays an important role in your everyday convenience. Learn the best ways to use this gadget effectively, economically, as well as securely.
Find the water heater size that matches your house
Typical water heaters heat and store water in a container, which could range in volume from 23 to 60 gallons or more. If you’re intending to buy a new hot water heater, choose it in accordance with the number of people in your home or the amount of warm water you commonly use at peak hours. Remember, that a container of inappropriate size can be too small for your needs. As a result, you may end up taking a great deal of cool showers, yet an extremely big container is an energy-guzzler and could not fit right into the space your old heater took.
In search of a perfect water heater, you’ll find dozens of models. Here are the most common ones:
- Conventional storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water. Any usual suspect (e.g. gas, oil, electricity) can serve as a fuel for them.
- Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Very economical, but creates a low flow.
- Heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water. Use electricity and work best for hot climates.
- Solar water heaters use the sun’s heat to provide hot water
A warm bathroom or shower is perfectly relaxing and cleansing. However, if the temperature level is too high, it can hurt delicate skin. On the other side, low temperature does not help you to get rid off dangerous microorganisms. A smarter safety measure is having a licensed plumber install anti-scald devices on your bathtub faucet and showerhead.