The HVAC system gobbles up much of the energy your home uses on a yearly basis. The furnace operates all winter and the air conditioner is used only during the heat of summer. Though you only use each of these systems for a portion of the year, their efficiency is crucial to the affordability of energy. There is another system in your home that consumes another large portion of your home’s energy, and its efficiency is also very important because this unit operates all year round. The hot water tank provides our families with warm showers every morning, hot water to scrub our dishes, and stain busting heat when we wash our clothes. When this system is old and failing, it may be tempting to simply replace the unit with a similar make and model. However, there are two factors that you should always consider before purchasing a new hot water tank, and these are:
1. The Energy Factor: Furnaces have an AFUE rating, air conditioners have a SEER rating, and hot water tanks have an EF Rating or an Energy Factor. This number tells the homeowner just how energy efficient the system will be. The higher the rating the better. At Four Seasons, we offer our customers a full line of Bradford White hot water heating systems that offer high energy factors that can help you save loads on your energy bills over your old system.
2. The First Hour Rating: The first hour rating is a combination of two numbers. The first number is the amount of hot water your tank can store, and the second number is the amount of hot water your tank will be able to create within the first hour. So a tank that can hold 41 gallons of usable hot water and create 51 gallons of usable hot water within the first hour would have a First Hour Rating of 92. What this basically means is that starting with a full tank this number indicates the amount of hot water your tank will be able to put out per hour. This number matters because if you purchase a tank with a low First Hour Rating, you could end up with an icy cold shower if you are not the first to hop in.
At Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning we offer free estimates on our hot water systems, and our knowledgeable salesmen will help you find the unit that is right for your home and your family. Education about energy efficiency and hot water output are crucial when deciding which unit will work best for you, and Four Seasons can provide you with everything you will need to make an educated and energy conscious decision.
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