Selecting a water heater for your home, whether for the bathrooms or the kitchen, is a critical decision. It is essential to always ensure that it suits your needs and heated water requirements throughout the year. The best water heating system should be decided only after meticulously calculating the consumption and usage for arriving at the most appropriate size and capacity. It is also vital to ensure that you get as much hot water as you need at peak demand times without any waiting-to-heat time.
In the kitchen, heated water is mainly for cooking and washing utensils, either in the sink or in the dishwasher machine. Choosing a good water heater is a critical decision from the energy consumption perspective; else, it could create a drain in utility bills. The water heater must appropriately balance the energy-consumption to usage ratio so that your monthly utility bill remains in control or even reduces further. There are different types of water heaters available today, so make sure you review the most suitable style and make.
Remember, your new water heater must have the proper technical specifications, optimum capacity and consume low operational power. It should also have an aesthetic design (while being compact), should be economically priced, have a more extended warranty, transparently display user reviews, and be reliable and robust.
Here are few important considerations to look into while choosing a water heater for your kitchen.
Size and Capacity
The size and capacity of your water heater will depend entirely on the number of occupants and expected peak consumption, considering the periodic inflow of guests or visitors. For usually average installations in home kitchens, the optimum available capacities range from 1 to 3 litres. These are perfect for average family kitchens. Also, they can fit in smaller spaces due to their compactness. This feature actually becomes critical in urban homes where space becomes essential. You could also consider continuous-flow instant water heaters for your dishwashing and kitchen cleaning needs. However, if your family size is large, you should ideally consider a storage water heater option. You should also keep in mind that the size and capacity will differ according to the cost range of the new boiler.
Types of Water Heaters
The different types of water heaters for home use are:
- Conventional Storage Heaters
- Instant Electric Water Heaters
- Instant Gas-fired Water Heaters
- Heat pump Water Heaters
- Running Water non-storage geysers
- Solar Powered individual Water Heaters
- Solar Powered standard Water Heaters
Each of these types has its own unique features, benefits and advantages. You need to review, study, and compare the different styles based on your application and usage. If comparison becomes difficult, best to seek advice from experts. It will definitely save you time, effort and money.
Water Heater connections are critical when considering how and where to install the equipment. Among the essential functions, the most important one pertains to the correctness of the water inlet connection and distribution jointing system (for the outlets). It is also equally critical to carefully ensure proper due diligence and check the joints and connections of all the water connections. The next aspect to consider would be examining and verifying all electrical and other plumbing connections, joints and pressure release systems for proper adhesion and jointing.
After-Sales-Service and Insurance
Most water heater installers look for positive customer experience feedback since they view this to be the key to growing their business. You should study customer feedback reviews for different makes and installers. Unless you are confident about your knowledge and skill sets, do not try to DIY the installation or service of water heaters. Doing this could damage the water heater causing costly repairs. Insurance companies will also not cover the system. It is best to call qualified, trained, and experienced experts to extend your water heater’s appropriate service and maintenance. This will also ensure your safety and help with Insurance claims.
Finally, while water heaters are a basic necessity and most sought after home equipment for any household, remember it is also a critical electrical and plumbing system. So, before making your choice, be doubly sure and consider your specific home and family needs as per your lifestyle. Get professional help and advice to decide and only then purchase it. Such assistance will also help you understand the building code requirements and energy consumption details. It will become a very cost-effective, reliable, and value-for-money buy for you and your family.