Upgrade your water heater for greater energy efficiency

There’s nothing better than waking up on a cold Chicago morning and taking a nice, hot shower before you start your day. And there’s nothing worse that realizing, in surprise, that the person who used the shower before you went through the supply of hot water. As your water heater begins to age, it no longer works quite the way it should—or, perhaps it was never that great to begin with. It might be time for an upgrade.

water-heater-repair-chicagoWhy should I upgrade my water heater?

  • Your current heater may be highly inefficient: Generally, the newer the water heater, the more energy efficient it is—and the more money it saves you every month on your utility bills. Your old water heater may be costing you a lot of money, because…
  • It uses more energy than most of your home: While people might not think of a water heater as a major electricity or gas hog, most water heaters use more than anything else in your home, sans your heating and cooling system.
  • Your water heater may not meet your needs: Maybe your water heater is too small, and doesn’t have the capacity to hold enough hot water for you and your family to get ready in the morning. If so, you might be in the market for a system that holds a greater supply.

What should I look for in new hot water heater?

Here are three things to consider when you’re on the hunt for a new heater:

  1. Check the FHR:  One of the most pervasive misconceptions about hot water heaters is that a bigger tank always translates to more hot water on hand. Instead, check the label on the heater for the First-Hour Rating (FHR). The FHR indicates the amount of hot water that the heater can dispense within the first hour of use. If you have questions about FHR or how to compare systems, give King Heating and Cooling a call.
  2. Look at the EF: The “Efficiency Factor” (EF) measures the total energy efficient of a  water heater. The higher the EF figure, the more efficient the heater is. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, with some high-efficiency models around 0.80. Remember: the more energy efficient your heater is, the more you’ll save on energy bills for years to come.
  3. Find value: This doesn’t mean just selecting the least expensive water heater you find. A cheap water heater might save you money initially, but—over the lifetime of the heater—could cost you big in electricity/gas bills. Instead, weigh the FHR and EF against the price to get a water heater that’s right for your home.

What’s the benefit of working with King?

We’re Chicago’s own heating and cooling company, with years of experience helping families just like yours repair, maintain, and install water heaters. We offer 24/7 emergency assistance with certified technicians, and we back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Whether you’re in the market for a new system, or just need us to get your old one working again, schedule service with us, or give us a call at (708) 336-3061.