Water heaters are incredibly useful appliances. However, they can amount to almost 20 percent of your total household electricity budget. They are rather powerful appliances that can provide convenient hot water within no time. They can be, and are used in multiple areas of the home. If you live in the colder regions, a water heater in your bathroom is really necessary. But do not forget about getting one for your kitchen as well.
Tap water can cause blisters in really cold regions; I am from the hills, I can attest to this. The cold water slows down your functionality and causes a lot of issues for people who have a difficult time around cold water. To wash the dishes, and to cook, having a water heater in your kitchen is a really good idea.
Buying a good water heater is a really difficult task. There are plenty of choices out there though, and each different type of water heater can provide you with something different. Keep your requirements in mind and go ahead with your purchase post understanding every aspect of a water heater. Being an informed consumer is always a good idea, and if you are in the market for a new water heater, or just wanting to replace your old one, you have tons of options to choose from and different types to look at as well.
What to look for while buying a new Water Geyser?
There are so many different things to keep in mind when buying a water heater though. The type is the first thing that you might have to keep in mind.
Types of water heaters –
There are primarily three types of water heaters that are avidly available in the market. Which you can use for home use.
- Conventional Water Heater – The most commonly found water heater, conventional water heaters generally come with a storage tank attached to the unit that is used to store water for heating. These water heaters can only heat up their capacity in water. For example, if you bought a water heater with a capacity of 10L, that is all the hot water you can have in one go. If you want more, you would have to wait for the storage tank to fill with water and then heat up slowly. The entire process can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the capacity of water and the appliance itself. More water takes more time to heat, while a better product will no doubt heat water faster and more efficiently. Its maintenance is also something that you might have to keep a close eye on, since mineralized water can prove fatal for it in the long run.
- On-demand Water Heater – Effectively the perfect kind of geyser for the kitchen and for bachelors. If you are short on time generally, the on-demand water heater can prove to be really helpful there too. They are essentially tankless water heaters that are immediate in their approach. Meaning, as soon as you switch them on, you have instant hot water thanks to the super-heated coil the water passes through. These can be really small, or rather huge too. You can get a mini sized one for your kitchen. Or install a big one in the basement that allows the entire household to get hot water whenever they want. They can last incredibly long and require only general maintenance.
- Solar-powered Water Heater – As the name suggests, solar water heaters are essentially tanks of water that are powered by solar energy. Again, solar water heaters can be really huge, or can be incredibly small depending on their need. If you get direct sunlight at your place, a solar water heater might prove highly beneficial to your wallet. That said, solar water heaters are incredibly slow and take a very long time to heat water. They do not produce any electricity bills whatsoever, and only require maintenance around once every 2-3 years.
Features to look for in a water heater
There are a handful of things that would require knowledge on your part to make that purchase. Water heaters can last you a very long time in fact, and the smart decision is to purchase an appliance that could potentially last you years without needing replacement.
You should keep an eye out for these features to make sure your purchase not just lasts you a long time, but also stays functional throughout.
- Capacity – Water heaters come with a specific capacity margin. Depending on the people who would make use of the water heater, you should invest in a water heater with optimal capacity. If you are living alone, a water heater around 10L would prove highly sufficient. If you are four or more, anything below 15 L is a waste of time.
- Anti-scale feature – The primary issue with water heaters is the mineral build-up that can cause your geyser to function at a lesser potential. And if left over, could potentially cause harm. Anti-scale devices can reduce the amount of minerals that inevitably build-up on the heating element. This feature actually shortens the lifespan of the element as well.
- Drain valves – Drain valves come in either plastic, or brass. Brass drain valves are much more durable than plastic and would effectively last you longer.
- Digital display – Newer models of water heaters are coming with digital displays as well. They can not only tell you when your water is heated, but also the exact temperature the water is at at any given moment. Pressure readings, storage information, and so much more is unlocked with this tiny feature upgrade.
- Warranty – Now, as mentioned, the best water geyser in India can last you a whole decade, if not a lifetime. You only need to treat them carefully, and make the correct purchase. Buying a 10L water heater for a family of 5 would definitely stress the appliances causing multiple issues. And even could potentially shorten the life of your appliance. That said, check for the product with a good 12 year warranty. So that even if it breaks, you can get it fixed easily.