If you’re planning to install a new electric or gas tank-type water heater, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with a water heater sizing guide. Choosing the right heater size is important because it’s what will guarantee that you always have enough hot water for your needs without sacrificing energy and water  efficiency.

If you’re not sure where to start, Poorman’s Heating & Air, an expert on furnace replacement, explains what you need to know below:

Does Finding the Right Water Heater Size Really Help?

It’s essential to know how to pick the right size of water heater because water heating consumes a lot of energy. Did you know that it accounts for the second-largest use of energy in the country? And with the never-ending rise in the cost of gas, electricity and other types of fuel, you’ll benefit greatly when you get the right size of water heater for your home.

Keep in mind that an over-sized heater means wasted money and energy, as you’ll be heating more water than you need. With heat and energy also escaping through the tank walls and pipelines, an unnecessary quantity of water has to be reheated each time. Meanwhile, having an undersized heater can be an inconvenience as well, which is why it’s so important to consult with a trusted heater repair technician, who can help you choose the right size.

Determining the Right Size of Water Heater for You

Your own preferences may vary, but a good rule of thumb to remember when it comes to sizing a heater is that it should provide sufficient hot water at a minimum temperature of 120°F at the busiest time of the day. But if you don’t an exact estimate of what size you need, just follow these guidelines:

  • 1 to 2 people: 30-40 gallons
  • 2 to 3 people: 40-50 gallons
  • 3 to 4 people: 50-60 gallons
  • 5+ people: 60-80 gallons

If you’re trying to determine a reasonable heater or AC replacement cost, Poorman’s Heating & Air has got you covered. You can contact our expert professionals at (260) 442-3534 or fill out our convenient contact form here. Talk to us today!