Water heaters are essential for every modern household. They are absolutely indispensable in winters as well as for any hot water needs like washing clothes or doing the dishes. For someone planning to buy a water heater, it’s very easy to get confused with all the options and varieties available in the market. Although choosing the right water heater for you mainly boils down to the purpose, space constraints and of course, your budget! Here are the important factors and features to consider before finalizing on the heater.
Storage or Instant
You will have to decide whether you want a water heater with a storage tank and one that heats water instantly. Storage water heaters tend to be a bit expensive but generally they are more durable and require minimum maintenance. Instant water heaters, on the other hand, heat only as much water as you need and when you need it. These heaters operate with least loss of heat and are often cheaper to operate than storage heaters.
Household size and water usage
The right size of your water heater will be dependent on how much hot water is used in the household. For a household with only 2-3 members, an instant water heater will suffice. For a medium-sized household, typically of 4-5 persons, a combination of instant water heaters and storage will be preferred. For a large household of 5 persons and above, multiple instant water heaters is an option or again a combination of heaters, depending on the usage of each member can be installed.
Electric water heaters come with energy-efficiency star rating labels. The more the stars, the more efficient the water heater is, the highest being a 5-star rating. Instant water heaters are generally much more energy-efficient than the traditional water heaters. These heaters use energy when it’s necessary. When the water cools off, the heating element is turned on and it heats up the water again. Installing an energy-efficient water heater means saving money on monthly electricity bills. So, before buying a water heater, choose one with a higher star rating.
Choosing the right water heater also involves keeping the space constraints in mind. If your installation area is spacious then you can choose a storage water heater since they are bulky in size and may take up a good amount of space. If you have space crunch, however, an instant water heater will be apt since they are compact in size and take up lesser space than ones with tanks.
An instant water heater’s longevity is more than that of a storage water heater because the storage tank could get affected by corrosion. A tankless on-demand water heater’s lifespan is approximately 20 years, compared to 10 to 15 years for a tank-type water heater. Tankless water heaters also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life.
If you have a modern home then you wouldn’t want your heater to be unstylish. Choose a heater design that’s contemporary and appeals to your aesthetics. Select a design that you think will best complement your bathroom décor and your lifestyle. If you have an elegant bathroom space, choose a contemporary range that will not stick out like a sore thumb. So consider your existing design, as well as functional aspects before settling on a heater.
If your water supply is mostly hard water which is high in dissolved minerals, both calcium and magnesium, you would require to consider this aspect as well when choosing a water heater. Hard water requires water heaters that uses corrosion-resistant tanks like Kenstar’s Glasslined storage water heaters. The unique Glassline Technology ensures that the tanks have longer lives as they are dust-free and non-corrosive.
Water heaters come with a thermostat, which helps to maintain the desired temperature & prevents overheating of water. Before buying, ensure that the safety features are in place. Most branded water heaters carry the ISI mark which is the basic safety parameter that you should look for in a water heater for your home.
Kenstar water heaters come in a versatile range of design and functionality to offer you trendy, on-to-go lifestyle. They ensure strict safety guidelines, are energy-efficient and add to the aesthetics of any modern home. Enjoy a refreshing and vitalizing experience and enjoy the convenience of a modern water heater.