When shopping for water heaters, you want to determine which type is the best for your particular home. That’s why we think it’s important to start the process by asking a few questions. What type of fuel or energy source will be used? Electricity Natural Gas Propane Oil Solar Geothermal Do you want to buy an energy-efficient water heater? More and more people are answering “yes” to this question. After all, who doesn’t want to conserve energy and save money? Not only will you save money on your bill, but there are even special offers available such as solar energy incentives and federal tax credits. And don’t assume these water heaters aren’t an option just because you live in a cold climate. Not all homes get enough sun for solar, but if yours has the capability and you get the right water heater (one that has safeguards against freezing), you’ll be fine. 3. How much water is used in your household? Estimate the peak hour demand (i.e., how much hot water your house needs) to select which of the available water heaters is the appropriate choice for your home. The unit’s peak hour demand capacity, which is measured by the first-hour rating (FHR), is always listed on the Energy Guide label, so get a water heater with an FHR that matches your household’s needs. 4. Where do you plan to put the water heater? Is there enough room available for the size that you want? This may seem obvious but be sure to measure your available space before purchasing a water heater. Your answers to these questions will help you decide which of the available kinds of water heaters you will choose. These are the main types of water heaters on the market and the fuel/energy sources that can be used for them: Heat Pump (Electricity) Demand (Electricity, Natural Gas, Propane) Storage (Electricity, Natural Gas, Propane, Oil) Indirect (Electricity, Natural Gas, Propane, Oil) Tankless Coil (Electricity, Natural Gas, Propane) Geothermal Heat Pump (Geothermal Energy) Solar systems (Solar Energy) The decision is yours to make, but the experts at Pipe Works Services can offer expert advice to help you make an informed choice. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.