Mr. Abhijit Banshelkikar, Head R&D – Racold Thermo Private Limited shares insights for selecting an electric water heater during the monsoon season.
It is impossible to imagine monsoons without hot water heaters. The use of hot water heaters during these months when temperate dips down is almost like a breather to life. People across the country shop for new water heaters, however, many of us do not know how to select the right water heater which not only caters to our needs but also helps to save money. An electric water heater helps you to get hot water quickly and as per one’s requirements. These days, most of the organized brands are coming up with star ratings, which helps incredibly in energy saving.
Here are some of the tips to help you make the right choice.
Cost and Energy Efficiency
Many companies offer energy efficient electric water heaters, which help to save energy and cost. Star rated products are high on energy efficiency. While some of the most efficient models (5 stars rated) might be expensive, they are designed to save money in the long run — and they will do so in an environmental friendly way. Water heating accounts for 15~25% (higher in winters, lower in summers) of the average household’s energy bill, and is second only to heating and cooling for claiming the biggest chunk of the energy budget. Replacing an old unit with a high-efficiency model will save you money and reduce your overall domestic energy usage.
For a family of 4 members, a (10~15) litres capacity is sufficient. The capacity will vary according to usage and the number of family members.
If you need instant hot water for bath, choose instant Water heaters of 3 – 6 Ltr capacity.
For Shower applications, choose higher capacity water heaters like 35 – 50 Ltrs.
Generally, electric water heaters last for more than 5 years. Racold offers a variety of warranty from two years on the products, 3-4 years on heating elements and 5-7 years on the inner tank or container, depending on the product variants.
Proper maintenance of water heater unit (scale removal from Heating Elements, replacing Mg anodes) is also important based on the water quality / hardness from your region.