Natural Gas Water
- Renting and Buying Tips
homeowners rent their natural gas water heaters while many
purchase. It’s a personal choice. With renting you enjoy the peace of
mind that comes with knowing that you are covered 24/7 if anything goes
wrong with your water heater. You can change water heaters to
accommodate a growing family or changing needs easily when you rent.
Buying can have advantages as well, if you prefer not to make monthly
Storage Water Heaters
The size of the water heater tank matters for
maximizing efficiency and convenience
The most important decision to be made when it comes to your new
natural gas water heater is the tank size. It is important to select the
optimal size for your household needs to ensure sufficient hot water
while maximizing efficiency. To do this you need to understand your
family’s hot water usage patterns. Ask yourself these questions:
Does your current water
heater keep up to the hot water you require?
How old are the children in
your home? Teenagers tend to use more hot water.
How many dishes and clothes
are washed daily?
How many bathrooms in your
Do you use a dishwasher?
Do you have a whirlpool
Once you are aware of your family’s hot water usage
habits a contractor can help you determine the right size tank for your
home and you can refer to the chart below.
Peak Daily Water
Vacation cottage or
very small family home
|Small family home
with 2 bathrooms,
3 bedrooms and
with 3 bedrooms, washing machine and dishwasher
with 4 bedrooms, washing machine and dishwasher
Larger home with 4 or
more bedrooms, washing machine and dishwasher (heavy use
Larger home as above
with whirlpool baths
FACT - Maximizing the money savings on your natural gas water heater requires that
you choose a tank that is sized correctly for your needs. A contractor can
help you decide which water heater tank size is right for you.
Tankless Water Heaters
Choosing a tankless water heater has unique
considerations. Speak to a qualified dealer to help you fully evaluate
your hot water needs and water flow requirements.
Considerations on switching water heaters
When it’s time to replace your water heater here are
some important considerations:
converting to a natural gas
water heater in an electric or oil heated home can be done easily
in an electric heated home,
your best choice may be a direct or power vented natural gas water
in an oil heated home, the
existing chimney or vent may need to be resized and the liner changed to
accommodate a natural gas water heater. A direct or power vent is also
replacing an existing
natural gas water heater with a newer natural gas model is also an easy
choice but may require additional venting
Get a quote that’s right
of which type of water heater you choose you will want to compare
installation and repair warranties as well as carefully comparing
products. Choosing a qualified dealer who will take the time to evaluate
your needs is the most important step in getting a water heater that
will suit your needs and save energy.