Types of Water Heaters

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A Complete Guide to the Different Types of Water Heaters

In homes in the United States, the water heater is the second-largest energy use.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your electric bill and be more energy-efficient, you should look into getting a new, efficient water heater. 

There are all kinds of types of water heaters, but we’ll break down some of the more popular ones so you know which one to get!

Tank Water Heaters

One of the most common water heaters is the traditional tank water heater.

With this type of water heater, it will hold all the hot water in the tank and eventually release it through the pipes. As the hot water drains out to be used, it will be replaced with colder water that it will heat and store for when you need it next.

Depending on what type of tank water heater you get, it could be power by electricity, gas, or it could be a hybrid version. 

However, the gas tanks are more expensive and will need a professional to install them. But it will use a lot less energy than an electric heater, which will save you money each year.

They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so you can find one to fit into a smaller space.  You should figure out what type of heater to get based on how big your home is and how many people live in your home. If you only have two people in your home, you could get away with one that is about 23 gallons.

If you have more people in your home, you’ll need one with a larger tank. 

These types of tank water heaters can last between ten to fifteen years, but they will need some routine maintenance.

Tankless Water Heater

One of the cons of having a tank water heater is that it could easily overflow and damage your floors. However, a tankless water heater is a newer type of technology that will offer plenty of hot water to your home so that you don’t run out.

The way these tanks work is that it has coils that are superheated. These coils fill with water and heat it quickly as you need it. If you have a large family or need a huge amount of hot water at a time, this will be the best style for you.

Like the tank water heaters, they come in all kinds of different sizes. However, they do work better in houses that will use natural gas to power the heater. If you get a larger option, you’ll need to hook it up directly to your gas line. 

If you get a larger tank that runs on electricity, it will really raise your electricity bill as well, so make sure you weigh the costs and benefits of installing this water heater. 

While there’s no tank, you’ll still need to do maintenance on this at least once a year to avoid any corrosion or buildup in the heater. If you keep up with the maintenance, these units can last for about eight to ten years. 

Solar Water Heater

solar water heater is more environmentally friendly than some other options. They work by taking the heat from the sun and transferring that energy into a fluid that runs in a system to the water tank. 

While the sun is the energy source for your heater, you can have some energy savings during the summer if you live somewhere sunny. However, during the winter, you might need a backup system to kick in, so you’ll have to pay higher costs then.

Heat Pump Water Heater

A heat pump water heater will take any heat that is in the air and turn it into water. Because it takes heat out of the air, you’ll need to keep it somewhere that is generally warm. 

They use less energy than a regular electric heater as well. They cost more to install, but you’ll get your money back later on when you have lower electricity bills. 

Condensing Water Heater

This type of water heater takes gas fumes that your home isn’t using and uses that to heat up your water. This means that if your house uses gas as the primary energy source, this will be the perfect water heater for your family.

The water is held in a tank, and the gas fumes are funneled in through a coil that sits at the bottom of the tank. The coil will start to heat the water, and it won’t use much energy to do it since it’s reusing gas that was already used. 

If you have a larger family, you may not want to get this one because it will take a while for the water to reheat if there aren’t any available gas fumes. But a smaller family, this one will be the perfect option. 

There is a tank to clean with this one, and you should also make sure that the valves are cleaned each year.

Learn More About the Different Types of Water Heaters

These are only a few of the popular types of water heaters that you could buy, but there are many more popular options out there. 

We know that choosing an appliance this big for your home is important, but having an expert’s opinion can always be helpful. 

Whether you want advice on your water heater, need someone to repair it, or do some routine maintenance, we’re here to help you! Make sure that you contact us today!

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