The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from General Electric features a 50-gallon unit capacity that has been designed to provide the same hot water recovery as a standard 50-gallon electric water heater with a 65 gallons first hour rating. Not surprisingly, GE’s device also features an ease of install that mimics the electrical and water connections standard electric water heaters offer. However, this is where the similarities end and the benefits begin.
Unlike standard electric water heaters in the 50-gallon range, GE’s GeoSpring hybrid water heater uses as much as 62% less energy. DOE (Department of Energy) test procedures reveal the unit can save as much as $325 each year in expenses in comparison to these standard 50-gallon tanks (4879 kWh per year vs. the GeoSpring’s 1830 kWh per year). Additionally, the GeoSpring hybrid water heater features a 3 to 14 day “vacation setting.” Vacation settings are only found in newer, modern water heaters and allow for further energy savings by allowing the operator to activate the special energy-saving setting when they plan on leaving the house for an extended stay.
The free-standing GeoSpring hybrid water heater is ENERGY STAR Qualified and also features a First Hour Rate (FHR) of 65 gallons, a LED control panel, washable air filter, and a 10-year limited parts warranty and 1-year limited labor warranty. The GeoSpring hybrid water heater operates at a quiet 55 DBA Average and bears dimensions (HxWxD) of 60 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in. It is assembled in the USA.
There are many questions that consumers are posed with when deciding on a water heater. Is a high efficiency gas storage tank for me? Or would the whole-home gas tankless water heater better serve me and my home? Depending on your current water heater situation, your skill level in maintaining your water heater, and in some cases just your own preference, many things can factor into your final decision making process. Anyway you choose to go however it is best to know the facts and the pros and cons of either type when making your final decision.
A very helpful spot to learn more about both the “tank water heater” and “tankless water heater” is the Energy Star website (www.energystar.gov) which details each very thoroughly. According to the site, one should give serious consideration to the whole-home gas tankless water heater model if you are in the process of building a new home or taking on a significant remodeling project at your home. In choosing the tankless water heater route, it is essential that you first be sure that there is a large enough gas line at your home (this would typically need to be a ¾” line) in addition to having enough space to install the proper venting.
Energy Star also suggests the tankless water heater model for those who are looking to replace their existing water heater before it actually breaks down or if you presently find yourself running out of hot water often. The tankless heaters would more than likely require that you be willing to either take on the responsibility of some additional maintenance tasks or be sure to schedule a regular check on the unit every few years, and while you will have to pay a bit more upfront when choosing to go this route, in the long run this type of heater will reduce your heating bill by an estimated 30 percent. Another plus in “going “tankless” is that the water heater will have a longer lifetime than the other options available to you.
The high-efficiency gas storage water heaters or the “tank” heaters also are a viable option in many cases, especially for those looking for more routine installation and maintenance of their water heater, Energy Star recommends this type to consumers who are satisfied with the style of water heater that they currently have and for those not looking to make a major change. These are also ideal for those who currently have a “tank” heater that is no , longer functioning and needs to be replaced. Much like the “tankless” option, the gas storage heater can lower heating bills in the long run for those willing to pay a little more up front, as on average these models of heaters will reduce one’s water heating bills by around 7 percent.
For an in-depth look at estimated savings and other information that can help you to decide whether the “tankless water heater” or “tank water heater” is for you, a great resource is the aforementioned www.energystar.gov, under the section titled “products.”