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Your Water Heater Options

If you’re shopping for a water heater, you need an idea of what types of water heaters are available. To ensure you make the right decision for your home, consider:

 

  • Fuel type
  • Storage type
  • Capacity
  • And other features

Gas vs. Electric

While water heaters can be powered by propane and oil, most run on either natural gas or electricity. A gas water heater requires a slightly higher upfront investment than an electric version, but it typically costs less to operate, saving you money in the long run. Natural gas units must be vented to the outside for safety and are not affected by power outages.

Electric water heaters are low-maintenance and heat water quickly with an electric element at the bottom of the tank. The higher cost of electricity makes it a less-popular choice for homes connected to gas lines.

Conventional vs. Tankless

Even though tank water heaters are the less efficient choice, most homes still have this conventional option. Tank water heaters are affordable and range in size from 20 to 80 gallons. Operational efficiency varies by model, brand and fuel source.

Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity because of their energy-saving abilities. They require a larger upfront investment, but they can reduce your water heating bills by 30 percent. The downside is tankless units may have trouble keeping up with hot water demand during heavy use.

Capacity

Choosing the right size is important for economical reasons. An undersized tank works harder, fails to deliver the hot water you need, and has a shorter lifespan. An oversized tank costs more to purchase and operate.

When sizing a conventional water heater, you need to consider the number of bathrooms, bedrooms and people who live in your home. For a tankless unit, you must calculate the flow rates of hot-water appliances and faucets to determine the peak flow rate you require at any given time. A heating and cooling contractor can help you select a properly sized water heater.

Other Features

For peak efficiency, look for a water heater with the ENERGY STAR® label. The upfront investment is greater, but the payback can be significant. Other features to look for include:

 

  • Self-cleaning feature
  • High recovery speed
  • An automatic shutoff valve

These all help make the water heater run better.

Water Heater Installers in Central NJ

At Arctic Air Conditioning, we offer gas and electric conventional and tankless water heater services for homeowners throughout Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, and Ocean counties.

For help choosing between different types of water heaters, contact us today!

Testimonials
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”Upgrade electric panel from 100 amps to 200 amps.”

- Ismael Vega
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”I hired Arctic Air for my father's house since another company was pushing him to replace the unit altogether. Arctic Air came out quickly and was able to repair his…”

- Dianna Marino
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”Repaired heating and a/c”

- Michael McCaffery
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”Today we were lucky enough to have Brenden as our technician again! He came to check our entire heat/air system & made sure we were all set & safe for…”

- J N.
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”Great job. Repair was done quickly and efficiently. I have used Artic Air for over 30 years and have never been disappointed. Their staff is courtious and very helpful.”

- Steve Geier
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”Asked them for an estimate on an instillation of furnace and AC unit. Salesman came out that same week (Alex Gallo) showed up on time and was very pleasant and…”

- Nelson Solares
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”Effective and on time service. Technician professional and polite. You receive text and email before they arrive and know who is coming. Thanks.”

- Larry Chang
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”All good, very professional and responsive.”

- Neil Piccolo
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”Fixed the system quickly, responded very professionally and saved us the new installation. Very polite and nice.”

- Lakshmi Kant Garg
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”Alfrado was great, very knowledgeable, and professional… I hope to use him again”

- Ken Roman
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”The tech came on time and was prepared for the job. He was very capable and completed the job with no problems. He explained everything that he did and left…”

- Joel Waxman
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”We had called Arctic because our neighbors had used them for the installation of their Lennox system. It was very easy to schedule the service call, and Dustin showed up…”

- Rob Beauregard
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”Great HVAC company. Everyone is very nice. We are very happy with our hvac installation. We just had our first maintenance on our new furnace. The young man that did…”

- Kay-Ann Sterling
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”On time and efficient service. Technician cleaned up area and explained service questions I had.”

- Kevin Walsh
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”Excellent and professional service. Clean work and friendly demeanor.”

- Sy Wodakow
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”Arctic Air is a great company; honest, trustworthy and employ competent technicians. Always a good experience when dealing with Arctic Air. Would recommend their services to everyone,”

- Patricia Martino
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”My home is on a slab and I have radiant heat in 5 rooms. There appears to be a leak in one section of my dining room and I called…”

- Rachelle Perrucci
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”Technician Andres came on time, he was very professional. Fixed my issue in a timely fashion! I would definitely recommend.”

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