Written on: August 28, 2023

Oil-Fired Vs. Electric Water Heaters

How to Stop Running Out of Hot Water

water heaters New Rochelle, NY Next to heating and cooling, heating your water is the next largest use of energy in the home. It can account for nearly 20% of your energy costs. That’s no surprise, since the average household uses 65 gallons of hot water a day for showers, dishwashing, laundry and other normal chores.

If you’re relying on an old, inefficient electric water heater, you can do better by switching to a much more efficient oil-powered water heater. Heating oil uses a lot less energy than electric for heating water and it’s better for the environment.

First, an oil-fired water heater heats water much faster and for less money, compared to an electric water heater. Second, electricity made at a coal-fired or natural power plant generates significantly more carbon dioxide emissions than heating oil. Make the switch to an oil-powered water heating unit, and you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint!

How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

Be aware that the performance of any water heater diminishes over time, leading to wasted energy, higher costs than necessary and diminished hot water production.

If your water heater is 10 years old or older, it’ probably time to look into upgrading to a new unit. The average life span of a water heater varies from 7 to 13 years, depending on your town’s water quality, frequency of maintenance and various other factors. Today’s oil-fired water heater technology is far superior to older models, which will translate to energy savings for years to come.

Indirect-fired Oil Water Heaters

Indirect-fired water heaters use the burner inside your oil boiler to heat your tap water. Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works free. An indirect-fired water heater is one of the most efficient water heating options available, and Westmore Fuel offers professional installation of these units from top manufacturers.

Direct-fired Oil Water Heaters

A direct-fired water heater is the kind of heater that most people know well. It’s the most common type of water heater, with a dedicated burner inside to heat water that is stored in a tank. As you use the water in the tank, the supply of hot water is constantly replenished. This is a good choice if you heat your home with a warm-air furnace, instead of a hydronic system (boiler) that uses hot water or steam to heat your home.

Water Heater Replacement in CT and NY

You can have confidence that the certified and experienced Westmore Fuel technician who arrives at your home to install your new water heater has been thoroughly trained to do the job. Every water heater we install is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, and we stand behind our installations with a 100%-satisfaction guarantee.

Westmore Fuel installs and repairs water heaters in Darien, Greenwich, Stamford and nearby communities in Connecticut. We do the same for New York communities, including Port Chester, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle and White Plains.

Whether you want to replace your old water heater now or simply want to learn more for future reference, contact Westmore Fuel and one of our water heater equipment experts will be happy to give you advice and a free estimate.