Buying a Water Heater: What To Consider

Posted: June 20, 2022

Vaughn Oil makes choosing your next water heater easy!

water heater service rhode islandWhen your home’s water heater is nearing the end of its life and becoming less efficient and dependable, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of replacing it. There’s no stress with Vaughn Oil!

You can count on us to ensure that you get the best water heater for your needs. We’ll be there every step of the way with expert water heater sales, installation, and maintenance. We’ll also assist you in obtaining financing and rebates your new water heater qualifies for. Our affordable service plans help protect your new water heater with regular maintenance and discounts on repairs.

We’ll also assist you in answering these three questions so that you get the appropriate water heater for your Rhode Island home.

What energy source do you want for your water heater?

Is your current water heater powered by electricity? If that’s the case, you may save a lot of money by switching to an oil-fired water heater! Oil-fired water heaters provide greater comfort while being more cost-effective.

First of all, oil-fired water heaters offer superior energy efficiency to electric water heaters, lowering your cost of operation over its lifespan.

Oil-fired water heaters get water hot much faster than electric water heaters. Not only that, they have a much faster recovery time, meaning you’ll get more hot water without the wait of electric water heaters. Since oil-fired water heaters tend to have larger tanks, you’ll have hot water for longer!

You also get durability and a longer life expectancy with oil-fired water heaters. A tankless oil-fired water heater can last 20 years or longer, compared with an average life expectancy of 10 years for an electric conventional storage-tank water heater.

What kind of water heater do you want?

You have options with an oil-fired water heater. There are direct and indirect water heaters.

Direct water heaters have a burner that directly heats the water in the water heating system. With indirect water heaters, there’s no water heater but there is one or more heat exchanger coils that are heated indirectly, usually by a boiler.

You can also choose between a conventional water heater with a storage tank or a tankless water heater that gives you endless hot water, on-demand.

How efficient is my water heater?

When comparing water heaters, look for the Energy Factor (EF) rating. The EF rating shows a water heater’s energy efficiency based on how much hot water is generated per unit of fuel burned over a typical day.

The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater is. Here is what goes into the EF rating:

Recovery efficiency: How efficiently the heat is applied to the water

Standby loss: The percentage of heat loss per hour of the stored water

Cycling loss: The loss of heat as the water circulates through the unit 

Get in touch with us to get started on upgrading to a new, efficient oil-fired water heater!