A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

How To Choose The Best Water Heater


There are many different types of residential water heaters. Understanding the different types of fuels and tanks is important before you buy a new water heater. Often, buying a water heater will help to reduce your utility bills. It is often more cost effective to buy a new water heater than it is to spend money on your repair bills.

The Best Fuel Types

Choosing the right fuel type can be difficult. There are many energy efficient and environmentally ways to power your water heater. Currently, water heaters can be powered with solar energy, natural gas, electricity, oil, geothermal energy, and propane. Depending on where you leave, some of these sources may not be available in some regions. For instance, natural gas is very popular because it is so efficient, but it is not available everywhere. Likewise, solar energy is not viable in areas like the Pacific Northwest where there is not enough natural sunlight. When choosing the right fuel type you will also need to consider what power source you use to run your home's furnace and stoves.

There may be many different fuel types in the area that you live. The best option is to call your power company to figure out which option would be the most affordable in your home. It can be cheaper and more efficient to streamline these systems so they are all powered by the same source.

The Best Tank Types

Thanks to advancement in electrical efficiency it is quickly becoming the most popular option. There are many great types of electronic power water heaters. Conventional water heaters have large tanks to store heated water until it is used. Tankless heaters do not store any water in a tank. Luckily, these new electronic tankless heaters are very effective. There are also combination heaters that use the technology of tankless heaters, but they still have a small tank. Large households are still encouraged to use heaters with tanks. If you use a lot of water in your home, you will want a heater with a storage tank so you do not run out of hot water.

Whenever you choose a water heater you should look for a product with an Energy Star label. Energy Star rated products are proven to use half as much energy as normal heaters. They will save you money and help you to reduce your impact on the environment. Visit http://www.smedleyservice.com for more information.


11 March 2015