Since water heaters represent up to 14% of an average household’s energy consumption, picking the best and the most efficient model for your home is a very important decision. Learn how to provide your family with reliable hot water year after year.
First, determine the fuel type:
Next, consider your family's size to determine the gallon capacity.Accomodations for larger-capacity and higher-recovery water heaters should be made for high-demand conditions.
Finally, determine that the water heater will fit your space. Determine the height and width to ensure adequate space is available for installation.
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The size of your family, the utilities in your area and the space available for your water heater all play a role in determining how to choose the best water heater. It's important to keep the following things in mind:
Storage tank water heaters are the most common type and the best water heaters to buy. These units have an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until it's needed. They're available in electric, liquid propane (LP) and natural gas models. Natural gas and LP water heaters normally use less energy and are less expensive to operate than electric models of the same size.
Tankless or on-demand water heaters don't store hot water; they heat water as it passes through a series of coils in the unit. Since the unit only heats water as you use it, a tankless heater is usually more energy-efficient than a traditional storage tank water heater. They're available in electric, LP and natural gas models. A tankless unit can provide only a limited volume of hot water. Most tankless units can provide up to 3.5 gallons of heated water per minute. These units are a good choice for anyone whose demand doesn't typically call for hot water at more than two points at a time.
Hot-water dispensers are convenient point of use water heaters. They're great for making soups, sauces, oatmeal and other instant foods. These units provide 190°F water instantly, so be careful when using them.
There are two reasons to consider high-efficiency water heaters: saving money and helping the environment. Water-heating efficiency is measured by an Energy Factor (EF) rating. The higher the EF, the more efficient the model. While some of the most efficient models might be slightly more expensive, they're designed to save you money in the long run — and they'll do so in an environmentally friendly way. Compare the performance and operating costs of different water heater models by taking a look at the EnergyGuide label. This information gives you an idea how the water heater model
you’re considering is expected to perform, and it even lists the model’s estimated annual operating cost.
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, helping consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Many efficiency-conscious homeowners choose ENERGY STAR approved models for their environmental benefits as well as long-term savings.
6th SenseTM Technology
Whirlpool® is proud to introduce a complete line of water heaters enabled by 6th SenseTM Technology, a combination of advanced engineering and innovative energy-control systems providing intelligent delivery of hot water. Benefits include better energy efficiency, increased durability and smarter performance.
Premium Electronic Gas Valve
All standard Whirlpool® gas water heaters now feature a new, advanced electronic gas valve. With fewer moving parts than a conventional mechanical gas valve, this yields more reliable and accurate performance for better temperature control and faster hot water recovery. An LED (light-emitting diode) indicator confirms the pilot is lit, as well as providing diagnostic feedback on operating performance. This innovative valve is self-powered by a thermopile, so no external power source is required, making for easy installation.
There are many accessories available to improve safety and efficiency in your water heater.