Water Heater Installation & Replacement
Your professional ARS/Rescue Rooter® representative can provide you with advice on which water heater will work best for your Fort Myers home. We provide up-front estimates before installation.
There are a number of things to consider before replacing your water heater that will impact the green-living profile of your home. Available technology and efficiency guidelines are always changing. In fact, the Department of Energy recently announced new standards for residential water heater efficiency effective April 16, 2015. Click here for details of these new standards, it helps to have a professional plumber that will point you in the right direction.
Help To Improve Energy Efficiency
When choosing a water heater, consider the following to help improve energy efficiency:
- Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
- Fuel type, availability, and cost
- Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
- How well your old unit supplied your demand
- Estimated energy efficiency of various models
- Maintenance and repair information
- Length of warranty
To accommodate your family’s needs, you should consider both the type and size of your new water heater. It should be energy efficient and cost-conscious, while delivering hot water where and when you need it. Depending on the size and layout your home, a tankless water heater may suit your needs better than a traditional water heater that heats and stores and water in a large tank. Call (239) 561-0026 today to request your free in-home consultation on replacing your water heater.
Traditional Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters can be powered by either electricity or gas. Electric water heaters function by using two electric elements, while gas water heaters are fueled by heating oil, natural gas, or propane. You should choose the size of your traditional water heater based on peak water demand and the number of occupants in your home, not on the size of your house. The peak hour demand or first-hour rating (FHR) is the measure of how much hot water the water heater will produce in an hour. This measurement is required by law to appear on the Energy Guide Label. Don’t buy a water heater larger than is needed in your home, or you will be paying to heat water that you will not use!
Tankless Water Heaters
A popular alternative to traditional water heaters is a high-efficiency tankless water heater. These tankless water heaters can save space in your home compared to traditional water heaters due to the absence of an actual tank. Instead of storing hot water, the water is heated and supplied on an “as-needed” basis. This saves energy by eliminating standby heat loss. In fact, some tankless water heaters claim up to 40% in energy savings.