A GUIDE TO BUYING RIGHT WATER HEATER / GEYSER
Water Heaters are round-the-year products used in the bathroom, kitchen or centrally installed to provide hot water multiple taps. Water Heaters have evolved to become technologically more superior & efficient, and manufacturers have introduced various safety features to prevent any risk of electric shock.
To meet the decor of consumers today, manufacturers are actively marketing beautifully designed Water Heaters / Geysers.
Types of Water Heaters / Geysers
There are 3 types of water heaters in India –
- Instant Water Heaters
- Storage Water Heaters
- LPG / Gas Water Heaters
What kind of Water Heater / Geyser should I buy?
|Source of Energy||The Source of energy (whether electrical or LPG) will affect how water heater operates, its efficiency, size & cost|
|Energy Efficiency||A higher star rating automatically translates to higher energy efficiency|
|Cost||Before you purchase a water heater, compare its operating costs with other water heaters to see if it would be the right choice for your home|
|Size||While considering size, keep in mind the number of bathrooms in your house, total family members & different applications / usages of the hot water|
|6-10 Litres||2 Persons per bathroom|
||1-2 Persons per bathroom in extremely cold climate|
|15 Litres or more
||3-4 Persons per bathroom|
|25 Litres||3-4 Persons per bathroom in extremely cold climate|
|35 Litres or more||More than 4 people & when you use bathtubs|
|6-10 Litres||Kitchen, mild hot water requirement|
|Kitchen||Instant Water Heater upto 15 litres|
||Instant Water Heater / Storage Water Heater upto 35 litres|
||15 to 35 litres storage water heater|
|Bathtubs||25 litres and above storage water heater|
|Jacuzzi||50 litres and above storage water heater|
|As required||Instant water heater – Obtain hot water as much as you require|
What safety precautions do we need to follow while using a water heater / geyser?
Every water heater requires regular maintenance to ensure optimum safety. Some of the safety precautions are:
- In case of water heater with an adjustable knob, set the water temperature below 49 degree Celsius
- Keep the area around the water heater clean & free of combustible & flammable material
- Never leave children unattended around a water heater
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance schedule
- Sediment build-up can cause premature tank failure, electric element failure, & excess costs on fuel bills. So, make sure to use the drain valve to flush the water heater at least once a year to remove sediment build-up
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) ratings
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) rating of water heater indicates its power effieiency. Five star is the highest rating & one star is the lowest.
As higher rated models use better insulated tanks and are constructed better, they demand a higher price, which is cost effective if your heater is usually switched on for a long time and you use a lot of water, or if the line water is significantly colder than room temperature. Better insulated tanks will retain the heat generated and ensure higher energy savings.
So as a general rule, the more you use, the higher the rated model you should go for. Opting for an energy-efficient 5-star water heater would bring in several advantages, including lower electricity bills, maximum energy efficiency & safety.