How To Choose the Best Water Heater for Your Home

water heater options miami, fl Are you someone who picks up 50 color samples when you decide to repaint a room? Do you ask every friend you have what toaster they own before settling on one for yourself?

It’s a good thing to want to make an informed decision for home upgrades. But far too many homeowners wait until their current water heater fails to think about a replacement. At that point, there’s no comparison to be done. You’ll need to take the first available unit to get the hot water back on.
But water heaters are a significant investment, both in terms of your home comfort and budget. (The average U.S. household uses about 20 percent of its energy on heating water.)

So, let’s dig into some factors you should consider when considering your water heater replacement.

Gas or electric?

The first question you want to consider is what energy source is best for heating water. Two popular options in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Pinecrest are propane and electricity. How do they compare?
When you consider traditional tank water heaters, propane appliances heat more water faster and with 30 percent less cost than electric alternatives. They have superior recovery rates (the amount of hot water produced in one hour). Electric water heaters have, on average, a recovery rate of 20 to 22 gallons per hour, while propane water heaters boast more than 40 gallons!

While a propane water heater might cost slightly more upfront, its efficiency makes up for the differential quickly. A study from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) comparing propane and electric water heaters, found that homes using propane spent about $355 less per year on energy.

Is a tankless water heater worth it?

Tankless propane water heaters offer unbeatable advantages, especially for households with high water usage. They generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand, so you don’t have to worry about your shower suddenly going cold because of a depleted tank.

Tankless models also avoid the standby losses associated with heating and reheating a tank of unused water. These energy savings add up fast. On average, homes with tankless systems spend $150 less on energy each year than homes with storage tank units.

What’s the right size water heater for your home?

You also need to consider the size of your home and family and select a water heater that will accommodate your needs.

Size considerations for traditional storage tank units

Storage water heaters come in a range of sizes. The U.S. Department of Energy makes the following recommendations:

You also need to account for the space your water heater will take up. A 50-gallon tank has a roughly two-foot diameter and is over four feet tall. If you’re in a smaller home without a basement or garage space, that can cost you a whole closet, and you may want to consider a tankless model.

Considerations for tankless products

When sizing a tankless water heater, our technicians consider three variables:

  1. The temperature of the groundwater. This helps us determine how many Btu’s per gallon the water heater needs to generate.
  2. Peak demand in your home, which is the total of all the flow rates for appliances and faucets that could use hot water simultaneously.
  3. The total Btu output. We get this number by putting the peak demand and Btu-per-gallon into a calculation to identify the model that will meet your home’s maximum hot water needs.

Southeast Propane has your new water heater!

Our team of technicians handles more water heater installations than just about anyone in South Florida. We also do service and repairs for a range of propane-fired hot water systems. If you think you could get more from your water heater, we want to help!

Get in touch with the Southeast Propane team for a free estimate.