Water Heaters: A Buyer’s Guide
A water heater is a major investment, and an important one given Victoria winters. With any luck, you’ll have your water heater for the next ten or even fifteen years, so you want to make the right choice. Whether you use a lot of hot water in different parts of the house at the same time or just a little every once in a while, there’s a water heater out there that’s right for you.
To help you make your choice with confidence, here’s a brief guide to buying your next water heater:
Tank Water Heaters
Tank water heaters are the most common kinds of water heater in Victoria. They’re the big cylindrical tanks in people’s basements. They work by holding a given amount of water and heating it, typically from the bottom. As the water is heated from the element at the bottom, it rises in the tank toward the pipes at the top. Because the hot water rises, you get access to a more or less consistent supply of hot water from the pipes at the top. That’s why you should focus more on a heater’s first-hour-rating (FHR), or how much hot water it can produce over the span of an hour, rather than total water capacity (which includes the cold water at the bottom).
Although most tank heaters work roughly the same way, they can use different methods to heat the water that greatly affect the cost of heating your water.
- Oil heated tanks are usually durable, reliable, and heat water the quickest, though they have high maintenance and operation costs.
- Using Gas in a water heater is very common in Victoria. They are reliable to run and cost less to operate than electric heaters, though they often cost more to install.
- Electric water heaters are also an excellent option. These heaters are usually the cheapest to install and they are the cleanest for the environment. That being said, they usually are a little more expensive to operate than gas or oil.
Which kind of heater is right for you? It will depend on your situation but your local heating contractor in Victoria can help you figure out which is best given your heating and water situation.
Tankless Water Heaters
Your other option is to have a tankless water heater. As the name suggests, these heaters don’t use the big storage tanks. Rather, they heat water as it passes through your system. You can think of it as “hot water on demand.” These machines are much more energy efficient than tanks because they only heat the water you need at the moment. At the same time, they can only heat water so quickly, so if you or your family use a lot of hot water, you may often run out with this option.
If you’d like more information about getting a water heater, contact us at Victoria Coal & Heating Ltd today. Be sure to ask about our one year warranty.