Bradford White Water Heaters In Tulsa, OK

When selecting a brand-new water heater for your home, choose a water heating system that won’t only provide enough hot water, but also will do so efficiently, saving you money and energy. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home.

Types Of Water Heaters

It's a good idea to know the different types of water heaters available before you purchase one:

  • Conventional storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water
  • Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank
  • Heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water
  • Solar water heaters use the sun's heat to provide hot water
  • Tankless coil and indirect water heaters use a home's space heating system to heat water

Selection Criteria

When selecting the best type and model of water heater for your home, consider the following:

  • Availability, cost, and fuel type. The energy source you use for the water heating will not only affect the water heater’s annual operation costs, but also its size and efficiency.
  • Size. To provide your household with enough hot water and to maximize efficiency, you need a properly sized water heater.
  • Energy efficiency. To maximize energy and save on cost, you’ll want to know how energy efficient a water heater is before you purchase it.
  • Costs. Before you purchase a water heater, it's also a good idea to estimate its annual operating costs and compare those costs with other less or more energy-efficient models.
  • Also be sure to do what you can to reduce your hot water use. You may also want to explore other strategies such as drain-water heat recovery to save money on your water heating bill.

Fuel Types, Availability And Costs For Water Heating

When selecting a new water heater, it's important to consider what fuel type or energy source you will use, including its availability and cost. The fuel used by a water heating system will not only affect annual operation costs but also the water heater's size and energy efficiency.

Comparing Fuel Costs And Water Heater Types

If you’re fortunate enough to have more than one fuel type available in your area, it’s a good idea to compare fuel costs, especially if you’re building a new home. Even if you’re replacing a water heater, in the long run you may save more money by using a different fuel or energy source.

The type of water heater you choose will also affect your water heating costs. One type of water heater may use a fuel type more efficiently than another type of water heater. For example, an electric heat pump water heater typically is more energy efficient than an electric conventional storage water heater. Also, an electric heat pump water heater might have lower energy costs because of its higher efficiency than a gas-fired conventional storage water heater, even though local natural gas costs might be lower than the electricity rates.

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