Guide To Getting The Best Allentown Water Heater Prices
There are various considerations to look at when shopping for a water heater to make sure that you get the best price and the best heater to fit your specific needs. Spending a little time up front to narrow down your choices will help you select the best hot water heater at a reasonable price.
Type of Water Heater
The first part of your decision is to determine what type of water heater you need to buy. This boils down to the fuel source, style of heater and capacity needs. Lets start with the fuel source.
Typically water heaters in Allentown PA and surrounding areas will be fueled by either natural gas, electric or oil (as part of a winter/summer configuration on an oil heating system). There are a few solar water heaters installed in the Lehigh Valley, although solar water heaters are typically found in warmer climates. You will want to determine what type of fuel is powering your current water heater and then decide if you want to stick with the same fuel source or if you want to change it up.
Next comes the style of water heater. There are two basic styles on the market, a traditional storage tank water heater vs. a tankless water heater. Efficiency is typically one of the decision points to take into consideration. Tankless water heaters are very green and energy efficient, mostly because you are only heating the water at the time that it is needed. Traditional, tank systems store water in a large tank. These types of systems heat up the water and keep it hot all of the time, regardless if the water is being used. Therefore, a tank system expends energy even when it is not needed.
Sizing is another consideration. The total number of individuals that live in your home and the times that they take showers or baths will play a factor in this decision. The timing of peak usage is something to look at as well. For example, is laundry being done around the same time as the dishwasher, showering, etc. Tank styled water heaters come in a variety of sizes ranging from 30 gallons to 70 gallons or bigger depending on consumption demands. Electric water heaters actually come in sizes that are much smaller, such as 2.5 gallons. These are used for single purpose applications like a bar sink.
The following table is a useful guide in determining the minimum suggested size of a water heater with relation to the fuel source and the family size.
|5+||80 gallons||50 gallons|
|3-4||50 gallons||40 gallons|
|2-3||40 gallons||40 gallons|
|1-2||30 gallons||30 gallons|
Tankless a.k.a. on-demand water heaters don't need to store water, as the name implies. These systems heat up the water in an on-demand mode. As stated above, tankless heaters are more energy efficient than a storage tank water heater since the water is only being heated at the time that is needed. Most tankless units produce up to 3.5 gallons of heated water per minute.
Water Heater Pricing
The pricing of water heaters varies tremendously based on all of the factors stated above.