Hot Water Heaters for Twin Cities Homes
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Old water heaters can cost a lot to operate
Most homeowners don’t realize that an older hot water heater can be one the most costly appliances in your home to operate.
Hot water heaters have come a long way
Just as with furnaces and air conditioners, today’s hot water heaters are more efficient than ever. State-of-the-art electronic controls, better insulation and lower cost of operation are just a few of the reasons to replace your old water heater with a modern one.
- In most cases the cheapest water heaters you can buy are the most expensive to operate.
- Most hot water heaters have a life span ranging from 8 years or so to 13-14 years, depending on the model and home usage.
- Heating your water is typically the 3rd most costly energy expense in your home, usually taking up about 15% of your utility bill.
- Heaters 9-12 years old probably have an efficiency of 50% or less.
- Many people buy a water heater based on the size of the tank. But what’s more critical is the “peak-hour demand capacity” or the first hour-rating (FHR) provided on the Energy Guide label.
- It’s important to study the Energy Factor as supplied by the manufacturer; that takes into consideration the “recovery efficiency”, “cycling loss” and “standby loss”.
- Your water is always being heated in the tank, so energy is used even when the hot water faucet is on (this is referred to as standby heat loss.)
- Modern, more energy-efficient storage hot water heaters can greatly reduce standby heat loss. This means they are a lot less costly to operate.