Tips For Selecting the Best Water Heater in the Coon Rapids MN Area

by | May 6, 2013 | Home Improvement

A very common question that plumbers hear is, “What is the best water heater on the market?” And while this is a valid question, it’s a hard one to answer. What makes this an almost impossible question is that all water heaters are made using the same process, so it’s just as easy to get a high quality water heater and a low quality water heater from the same company. Instead of asking for the best brand of water heater, it’s more important to find the right configuration and installing high quality components. Here are some tips to help you select the best Water Heater Coon Rapids MN has to offer.

Before you start shopping around for brands, you’ll want to figure out what size you’ll need for your home. While most people will only think of water heaters in terms of gallons, it isn’t the most important aspect of the water heater itself. Another aspects to consider are the BTU input and what is known as the first hour recovery.

Those two aspects relate more to how fast the water heater can heat up. The higher the BTU number is, the faster it will heat up the water. To compare, a heater with a BTU out put of 75,000 and a 100 gallon tank will be less efficient at heating up the water than a heater with a BTU output of 250,000 and a 65 gallon tank.

Think about how much water your household will actually use and how you plan on using it. If primary usage time is in the morning and everyone needs to get ready at the same time, it would be in your best interest to get a heater that has a higher BTU output and also a shorter first hour recovery time. If the primary usage time is spread out through out the day, you might want to consider an on demand water heater or a tank-less heater. It will be much more energy efficient and could save you more money in utility and heating costs. Also, purchasing a heater with an R-16 insulation rating or higher will ensure a longer life of your water heater.

Those basic tips should help you narrow down your choices to select the best Water Heater Coon Rapids MN has to offer.


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