Homeowners today have a range of options when it comes to selecting a new water heater. The challenge is balancing the cost to purchase and fuel your water heater with your home’s actual hot water needs. Here are a few criteria to help guide you in your search for the perfect water heater for your home:

Energy Efficiency

A water heater accounts for roughly one fifth of the typical home’s energy use, so it’s important to invest in the most energy efficient model possible. Newer conventional storage tank water heaters are more efficient than their predecessors, but they still suffer from “standby heating” costs. This is the energy it takes to keep water in a tank hot, even when you’re not using it. Demand-style water heaters avoid this wasted energy by producing hot water the moment you need it. For maximum efficiency, some Atlanta homeowners turn to solar systems or geothermal heat pumps for their hot water needs.


Before choosing a water heater, you will want to consider the demands of your family. This includes both the amount of hot water you use and when you use it. If two showers, a dishwasher, and clothes washer are running at once, a demand-style water heater may have difficulty keeping up. If, however, your demands are relatively great but are spread throughout the day, a tankless unit may still be a good option.

Base Cost

It’s always important to weigh the base cost of a water heater unit against your potential energy savings. Conventional storage tank models are typically the least expensive, but standby costs could eat up your savings in a few years. In the same way, energy efficient hot water systems can be much more expensive to install, so it’s important to find out if your added investment will be worth it.

At Delta Plumbing of Stockbridge, we can help you choose the best water heater for your needs. For water heater installation, maintenance, and repairs in the Atlanta area, call us today at (678) 228-8810.

Choosing the Best Type of Water Heater for Your Needs