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Mechanical Air Systems Company
(641) 423-7032
2417 S Federal Ave
Mason City , IA
 
Ron Smiths Hardware
(641) 923-2227
376 State St
Garner , IA
 
Siouxland Propane Company
(712) 278-2362
212 Main St
Ireton , IA
 
Nolan Air Cond & Htg
(641) 932-2240
6448 189th St
Albia , IA
 
Comfortec Htg Clg & Plbg Inc
(712) 362-2106
1724 Central Ave
Estherville , IA
 
Larsen Plumbing & Heating Inc
(641) 797-2219
102 W Main St
Fertile , IA
 
Brookwood Incorporated
(641) 792-1186
409 N 23rd Ave W
Newton , IA
 
Kendrick & Heard Plbg & Htg
(712) 826-5222
601 S 3rd Ave
Villisca , IA
 
North Iowa Mechanical Inc
(515) 295-2444
216 S Dodge St
Algona , IA
 
Metro Heating & Cooling Inc
(515) 266-3693
3517 Hubbell Ave
Des Moines , IA
 

Water Heaters

Tank-type water heaters are commodity appliances: most run on either electricity or gas. Within both categories, the length of the warranty is a good benchmark for overall quality. Water heaters can last longer than the warranty period, but once you hit that mark it's time to start watching for leaks. You might think it's better to buy the heater with a shorter warranty, particularly if you don't intend to stay in the house for a long period of time. But keep in mind there's a lot of embodied energy in producing a water heater and it's wasteful to buy appliances that wear out prematurely.

How to Choose  a Water Heater Water Heater Energy Ratings

Tank heaters are rated based on their energy factor (EF). This is a measure of the unit's overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced over a typical day. The EF takes into account:

how efficiently the source of energy is converted into hot water how much energy is lost from the tank per hour (the standby loss) cycling losses as water circulates through the water tank and/or inlet and outlet pipes

The higher the EF, the more efficient the heater. Look for a model with an EF of at least 0.60. Electric water heaters generally have higher EF ratings than gas-fired water heaters, but it still costs more to heat the water with electricity than it does with gas.

Sizing a Water Heater

The energy factor is only one consideration in purchasing a water heater. Sizing the heater to the load is also important. Not only do water heaters work better when they are sized properly, but the more they are used the longer they last. When water tends to sit in the tank without being circulated, standby losses are higher and the tank is more likely to corrode.

Note: No matter what kind of water heater you end up installing, lower the set temperature to 120°F to save energy.

Types of Heaters

 On-demand Heaters

One-demand or tankless water heaters run only when someone turns on a hot water tap. When water starts flowing through the heater, an electric or gas-fired element is activated and water is heated as it flows through the device. When the tap is shut off, so is the heater.

Advantages of a tankless water heater are:

no standyby losses won't run out of hot water (presuming the heater is sized correctly) can be mounted on a wall or ceiling to free up more floor space

Disadvantages of a tankless water heater are:

more expensive than a tank heater standby losses are not as dramatic when compared to installing a California version of a tank heater unlimited hot water make encourage people to take longer showers

One way to take advantage of tankless heaters is to use them for both domestic hot water and space heating. Because of its compact size, a tankless heater can be placed near the bathroom, reducing the length of plumb runs, and used to heat the space as well as provide hot water.

Indirect Heaters

Indirect heaters, sometimes called sidecar heaters, ...

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