All About Water Heaters

Water heaters are an integral part of our lives as they are one appliance that many people take for granted. There is an intricate process behind the functionality of this major household appliance and here is all you need to know about water heaters.

Energy Consumption
It is a lesser known fact among many people that water heaters are responsible for roughly 25 percent of energy use in a home. Keep in mind that water heaters are not just used for long, hot showers. They are also used in dishwashing, and laundry. The average household in the U.S. is responsible for using anywhere from 80 to 120 gallons of hot water on a daily basis.

The Lifespan
Purchasing a water heater does not mean it is going to provide you with a lifetime of service. Water heaters that are equipped with a tank average of about 10 years. Some wind up conking out around eight years while others last up to 12 years. Some of the newer, more sophisticated models may even last 15 years. Regular maintenance and frequency of use both contribute to that varying lifespan. Tankless water heaters last longer, with an average life span that is upwards of 20 years.

First Hour Rating
Water heaters are often judged by their first hour rating. This rating is located on your tank and refers to the gallons of hot water that can be produced during a unit’s first hour of operation. A couple of factors can also influence the first hour rating, such as the water pressure in your home and temperature of the incoming water.

Tank vs Tankless
Traditional water heaters feature a tank, which holds the water that will be heated. Tank water heaters come in different sizes and are powered by electric, gas or propane. Tankless water heaters heat water as needed and provide an endless supply while also taking up much less space. They are a bit pricier, but have become a popular choice.

Brands of Water Heaters
There is a wide selection of water heaters to choose from when it comes to manufacturers. Some companies specialize in electric water heaters while others focus on the tankless variety. Here is a look at some of the leading manufacturers who are the most respected names in the industry:

• Rheem
• A.O. Smith
• Bradford White
• General Electric
• Bosch
• Richmond
• Rinnai
• Noritz

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