Understanding Different Types Of Water Heaters
When it’s time to replace your home’s water heater, you’ll have hundreds of models to choose from. Your water heater isn’t something you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about; it had a job and as long as your water heats when you need it, you probably take it for granted.
If it’s outlived its useful life and it’s time to replace it, a higher efficiency water heater can help your home in many ways. Not only can it heat your water more efficiently, but it can also help you conserve water, and save you money on your utility bills along the way. While installation is best left to the professionals, there are a few things to consider before making your final selection.
Conventional Storage Water Heater
The most common type of water heater includes an insulated storage tank that usually holds between 30 and 80 gallons of heated water. Conventional water heaters are powered by a variety of services depending on what’s readily available in your home: natural gas, liquid propane, or electricity are all common fuel sources for this type of water heater.
Inside the tank, a gauge reads the temperature of the water, and when it drops below a preset level, the unit turns on and heats the water back up to the desired temperature. This process continues 24 hours of the day, always providing a ready supply of hot water whenever you turn on a fixture.
Tankless Water Heater
While conventional water heaters store hot water until needed, tankless water heaters provide hot water only upon demand. When you turn on a fixture asking for hot water, water moves through the tankless heater, heats, and is returned to your fixture ready for use. You only heat – and pay for – hot water as you demand it.
No matter what size home you have, we have a tankless option to meet your needs. Which means a large family with lots of activity can quickly use more hot water than designed for capacity. Running the dishwasher while taking a shower or two can be out of the question unless you have multiple tankless systems in place.
For that reason, multiple tankless water heaters can be the solution, each devoted to a different set of appliances in your home. Tankless water heaters can provide up to double the lifespan of a conventional water heater, making them a comparable product when you’re in the market for a new hot water system.
Which is right for you? Look at your family’s habits to help you decide. Also, consider what you already have in place. With so many options on the market today, there is a perfect fit to help you become more efficient with the way you heat your water supply.