Hot showers refresh you but they could also upsurge your electricity bills. Water heaters are responsible for up to 20% of a household’s annual energy spends - the second-largest utility expense in a house.
When choosing the right water heater for your home, you need to select a system that can provide water smartly and efficiently. Water heaters can dramatically impact your health. Hot water not only promotes blood circulation (more on that later) but it also helps sore or tight muscles to relax.
The availability of different types of water heaters - from heat pumps to solar-powered units – makes it confusing to choose the right one for your home, but the most common ones are Instant and Storage water heaters.
Kenstar has electrical Instant and Storage Water Heaters
Instant (or tankless) water heaters supply hot water when required. Since they have no holding tank, the design is not only more compact but more efficient as well.
Traditional tank-style water heaters, on the other hand, are large metal cylinders that store hot water on reserve, for when it may be needed.
Tank-style water heaters are less expensive than tankless units, but tankless models generally last longer.
1. Selection Criteria
Whether you’re looking to replace an existing unit or install a new one, the type, size and efficiency of the unit you choose will impact its performance and long-term savings potential. Today’s heaters have an energy factor (EF), which highlights their efficiency. The higher the EF value, the more efficient it is. But this is not the only factor to consider when choosing a water heater.
The capacity of the tank becomes important while choosing a tank-style heater. The capacity will depend on your household water consumption. If you are ambiguous about the ideal capacity to choose, opt for a tankless heater. The best thing about tankless water heaters is that they only heat water when it is needed and can save up to 50% of your heating bill, depending on your consumption.
Traditional water heaters store and preheat between 110 and 190 litres of water, with a standby period when the tank refills and reheats the water once more. This results in wastage of energy. Conversely, a tankless water heater heats the water as and when you use it. This reduces energy usage drastically. The initial installation cost of the tankless variety, however, is slightly more expensive.
The longevity factor depends on various factors, taking into account your usage and installation place. On average, a tank water heater will last anywhere between 8 and 12 years, while a tankless one may last between 10 and 15, in some cases even up to 20 years. Based on your needs and current wiring, the best option for you can be known through a little research.
The more the warranty, the better is the quality. Along with the warranty of the water heater, also check if there’s warranty for the tank and the heating element.
When it comes to choosing water heaters, keeping the above criteria in mind is critical. While energy efficiency is important, other factors will make life more comfortable. Kenstar geysers are energy-efficient with 5 Star BEE Ratings. They come with 2 years of product warranty, 5 years of tank warranty & 2 years of warranty for the heating element. If you are feeling lukewarm about your current water heater or looking for geysers for sale, check out our range of stylish water heaters here.