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Which Water Heater Is Right for Me?

Written on: March 6, 2023

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If it’s time to choose a new water heater for your home, there’s a lot to consider. Your water heater is an important part of the comfort and function of your home. It generates all the warm and hot water you and your family need to bathe, clean your clothes, wash your hands, clean your dishes, and more. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that heating water accounts for roughly 20% of your energy bills.

Whether you’re in the market for a new water heater or simply want to make sure the water heater you already have is working as efficiently as possible, call on Brideau Energy. We provide water heater installation, water heater tune-ups, and water heater repairs in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Make Brideau Energy your source for all things related to water heaters. Our master plumbers are here to help you determine if it’s time to upgrade, provide annual tune-ups, perform repairs, and answer your questions. We offer free, no-obligation assessments. And we can even help you navigate the rebate and financing options available to you.

Water Heater Types

Two of the more common types of water heaters are storage (or conventional) water heaters and tankless (or demand) water heaters. Each offers some advantages and potential disadvantages. Which is right for you will depend on which pros and cons matter most to you and your family.

Conventional or Storage Water Heaters have a reservoir of hot water waiting to be used that needs to be kept above a certain temperature. They tend to last 10 to 15 years. They cost less to purchase and install than tankless water heaters, but they’re not as efficient as tankless water heaters because of the potential for standby heat loss and the need to reheat water that falls below a certain temperature before it can be used. Additionally, when all the hot water in the tank is used, it gets replaced by cold water that needs to be heated. So members of your household might find themselves waiting for hot water to shower etc.

Tankless Water Heaters only generate hot water on demand. They tend to last 20 years. They cost more initially than storage water heaters, but they’re up to 34% more efficient than storage water heaters. They also cost less to operate than storage water heaters. And since there’s no tank, you don’t need to worry about tank corrosion, tank leaks, and all the associated damage and expenses that can plague a storage water heater. Additionally, tankless water heaters take up less space than storage water heaters.

Which type of water heater is right for you will depend on a few factors including whether it’s more important to save on the upfront costs or over the lifetime of the water heater as well as the hot water output your household needs. Storage water heaters allow for simultaneous and multiple uses of hot water (until the reservoir’s hot water supply is depleted). Tankless water heaters can handle up to 5 gallons of hot water per minute. So they’re not as well suited to multiple simultaneous demands for hot water. However, you can install multiple water heaters to meet high hot water demands.

Brideau Is the Smart Choice

Whatever water heater you decide on, the experts at Brideau Energy can help. We’ve served the residents of Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire since 1987. Let us put our years of experience to work for you.

Contact Brideau Energy today. We’re here to help!