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A Guide to Water Heater Installation Calculations

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A Guide to Water Heater Installation Calculations

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Water heater installation is an absolute must if your current water heater is in desperate need of replacement, or you currently lack a reliable source of hot water at all. With the weather here in New England soon to take a turn for the icy and snowy (and in some places, this is already a thing), the need for hot water is higher than ever. Few things are more relaxing than a hot shower after a long day spent outdoors in the cold. However, it may not be possible if you wind up purchasing the wrong water heater. Buying the wrong water heater is more of a common occurrence at this time of year than you may think. The weather gets cold, the need for hot water review intensifies, and the homeowner will look for any type of water heater available. Unfortunately, they fail to realize that just installing any random water heater may leave them dealing with higher utility bills and frequent system breakdowns later in the season. These problems will be doubly frustrating when you install an improperly sized system, which can only lead to more , higher energy bills and more breakdowns that may lead you to the point where you will need to consider entirely. Life during the winter shouldn’t be this way, so instead make sure you do all the calculations necessary to ensure you are getting the water heater just right for your home.

Why You Should Call Papalia Plumbing

Fortunately, Papalia Plumbing & Heating will be here for you every step of the way so you avoid making an unwise water heating purchase. We have a team of dedicated plumbing contractors available to provide a that will see you with a new, improved water heater immediately. If you are unsure on a water heater, always feel free to ask us. We have the years of experience on our side that will lend itself greatly toward showing what water heaters you should buy and avoid. In addition to our installation service, we will also help you make the calculations necessary to ensure you have a water heater worth every dollar. When you take the time to calculate your way to the right water heater, you will experience greater savings. Rather than getting a unit that’s too big and consumes more energy, you end up with lower monthly utility bills and plenty of hot water for a wide range of purposes.

3 Major Benefits of Getting the Right Water Heater

The benefit of a water heater installation is obvious, right? You get hot water whenever you need it, for any purpose. But there are major benefits you’ll receive long-term as well, including:

  1. Longer System Lifespan: Imagine having a highly-efficient water heating for years. It can be possible when you get the right water in your home. You will be able to save so much money on a water heater replacement and worry less about spending more on repairs.
  2. Lower Utility Bills: When you are trying to save up money for the holidays, utility bills can be a source of headaches. But a new, highly efficient water heater is just what you need to keep the costs of bills at a reasonable level. With greater efficiency comes reduced spending.
  3. Hot Water 24/7: A new water heater will be much more capable in providing hot water when you need it, which proves quite beneficial in the event of an emergency. Cooking, dishwashing, laundry, and showering will be so much more effective with a reliable amount of water to back it up.

4 Calculations to Consider Before Your Water Heater Installation

Sometimes with your water heater, it all comes down to numbers—number of gallons, number of fixtures in your home, water heater size, etc. Before you make a purchase, please consider making the following calculations:

  1. Type and Location of Your Water Heater: First and foremost, you need to consider these two calculations: type and location. Conventional tank water heaters, , and hybrid water heaters all have benefits and drawbacks. Since you do not want to get stuck with the wrong system, you should research what model will exactly within your needs. In addition, the water heater will need to comfortably and safely fit in its desired space. It ideally will be located on an exterior wall near a gas supply line, water supply line, and electrical power source depending on the fuel type.
  2. Gallon Capacity: Another thing you should consider is how many gallons of water your water heater should be able to handle. This will differ depending on the number of occupants in your home. For example, if you live alone, you will only require a water heater handling 23 to 36 gallons, while a family of 5 or more will need a water heater handling 56 gallons+.
  3. Gallons per Minute (GPM): Calculate the gallons per minute (gpm) of hot water each fixture and appliance requires, and then add them all together for your water heater’s total amount of gallons. Gpm will range from fixture to fixture, even room to room. For example, while faucets in your kitchen will have .5 to 1.5 gpm, bathroom faucets have a 3 to 7 gpm.
  4. Energy Efficiency Rating: Look for water heaters with energy factor (EF) ratings as close to 1 as possible, since the EF rating measures how efficiently a unit converts energy into heat, and how much heat is lost during storage. The more efficient the water heater, the more money you can save on your utility bills.

Don’t Go Without Hot Water – Schedule Your Water Heater Installation Today

Contact Papalia Plumbing today if you want to ensure hot water in your home for all purposes with our high-quality water heater installation!

By Dan Burrows

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