Buying the right water heater for your Las Vegas Nevada home or business is a crucial decision that will likely make your life easier or more difficult in the near future. You may be in the market for a new water heater for various reasons, the most likely being that the previous one needs to be replaced of fixed. Water heaters don’t last forever, so it helps to be prepared for the day you need to get a new one. There are different types of water heaters, and understanding how they work and the pros and cons of each should help you make an informed decision.
Asking your local plumbing company what are the best water heaters for your area is one of the best way to find the right unit for your home or business. Another way is to do your own research. Go to your local home improvement store and ask questions. The more you know the easier it will be when it comes time to replacing or repairing your heater. Here are some helpful tips in helping you select the right hot water tank.
Water heaters can be grouped based on their fuel type, their function or their water storage capacity. The most common types based on these categories include:
– fuel type: gas, electric and solar heaters
– function: point of use and whole house heaters
– water storage capacity: tankless or tank heaters
Conventional water heaters
Conventional storage water heaters are some of the most popular types in Las Vegas. These include a storage tank that can hold between 20 and 80 gallons of water that can be heated through natural gas, propane, electricity or fuel oil. Today, many Las Vegas home and commercial business owners are opting for gas as the most economical option for fuelling their water heaters. Heating water with electricity could cost you up to three times as much as you would spend when heating with gas.
You may want to switch to gas, but your home or business premises may not be equipped with natural gas, or you may not have a gas outlet near the water heater. It could be quite costly to add a gas line, but you may be able to save money if you have a gas stove or furnace and you opt to extend the gas line to power your gas water heater.
In demand-type or tankless water heaters in Las Vegas could help you cut your water-heating bill by up to 20 percent if you switch from a conventional tank water heater. This is because they eliminate the problem of wasted energy as a result of warmed water that remains unused in the tank (standby losses). Tankless heaters are usually located in a closet or under a sink where the hot water is used and they can be used to provide all the hot water needs in your home.
However, it is important to note that tankless models do not always reduce your energy use. For instance, if you have a large family and activities such as doing laundry, showering and washing dishes often take place simultaneously, a tankless heater may not be able to meet those demands. It is also worth noting that tankless models heated by electricity provide less hot water than those heated by gas.
An even more economical way to fuel your water heater is using the heat from the sun. Solar water heaters are increasingly becoming popular in Las Vegas and around the world. The most common design are those that rely on pumps to transfer water from the collector to the storage tank. Alternative more passive solar water heaters rely on gravity as well the fact that hot fluids tend to rise for water circulation.
Regardless of the type of water heater that you choose, its installation will affect its performance and ultimate lifespan significantly. You therefore need to work with a reliable plumber that will get the job done right the first time. A plumber that is able to do this must understand how different types of water heaters work so he can ensure that every functional part is working right. This means that in addition to qualification and certification, you also want to work with someone with sufficient experience in the installation and repairs of water heaters in Las Vegas.
If you live in Las Vegas and intend to install a new water heater, do not risk damaging your expensive new appliance by working with the wrong plumber. Our plumbers are certified, bonded and insured, and can install all types of water heaters in Las Vegas including gas, electric and commercial water heaters. We are available 24 hours a day for emergencies and we offer 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed.
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