What Is An Energy Efficient Water Heater?
Thinking of upgrading your water heater? Confused by all the terms? Just want a water heater that heats water, and maybe saves a little money and energy in the process?
If you’ve done a little research on energy efficient water heaters, you may be overwhelmed and confused. It sounds good – who doesn’t want to have more hot water for less?
But what does that really mean? And how do you know what an energy efficient water heater really is?
Water heaters can account for as much as 15 percent of your home’s energy use, according to the EPA. That makes it a perfect place to conserve energy when upgrading the appliance. You have several choices:
Storage Water Heaters
With a storage water heater, also known as tank water heaters, hot water is stored within an insulated tank ready for use at any time. You’ll find storage tanks ranging from 20 to 80 gallons. The biggest drawback with this type of water heater is it keeps the water hot at all times, even if you aren’t there to use it.
Tankless Water Heaters
Instead of holding hot water in a tank, tankless water heaters heat the water on demand through a large coil within the system. This also gives you an unlimited supply of hot water, which can be great for those long, winter showers. The biggest drawback with tankless systems is they have limitations to how many fixtures can simultaneously use hot water at the same time. For a busy household using multiple showers at once, you may need more than one tankless system.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
A heat pump water heater transfers energy from the surrounding air and uses it to heat the water located in a storage tank. They can be a great solution, as they are more efficient than a lot of water heaters on the market. The biggest drawback is that they are most effective in warmer climates.
So what’s the best water heater for your home? Want to install an energy efficient water heater, yet not sure where to begin? Give us a call today, and we’ll help you select the best water heater for your home.