Today, more options exist for how we heat our water for everyday use than ever before. While we used to be limited to options that use a ton of energy, we can now reduce energy consumption while still taking those long hot showers you may have come to love.
But how does water get heated without a traditional water heater to do it?
Conventional Storage-Tank Water Heater
A conventional storage-tank water heater is the tried and true option that we’ve been using for decades. Such units consist of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored, so it is available when it is needed. Many houses use electric water heaters, but natural gas or gas-fueled water heaters are also options.
Natural gas or propane water heaters are incredibly energy efficient, so if you want to go the traditional route while also reducing your energy consumption, these are a great option. They may be more expensive when it comes to the initial purchase, but they will save money in the long run. The storage of hot water comes at a higher price as well since there needs to be a constant flow of energy to keep the water hot.
Tankless (On-Demand) Water Heater
This water heater system does not store any water, but it can still supply a steady flow. Tankless water heaters can be an excellent choice if you’re trying to be more energy-efficient since they can use natural gas or propane to heat the water.
If you want an electric tankless water heater, you may have to spend a bit more money to upgrade your home’s electrical system. Tankless models will ultimately save you money, though, as there is no need to keep stores of water heated for future use.
Heat Pump Water Heater (Hybrid)
If you really want to focus on energy efficiency, a hybrid pump water heater is the way to go. They use 60 percent less energy than typical water heaters, and while you’ll invest more upfront, they pay for themselves in no time. They need a very specific space set aside for them, though, as they use heat from the air to heat the water. Heat pump water heaters can’t be kept somewhere cold. They also need a great deal of space as the pump itself takes up a lot of room.
A heat pump water heater will also need a place to drain, as you should expect a lot of condensation leakage.
Condensing Water Heater
This type of water heater runs on gas and can hold more than 55 gallons of water at a time. A condensing water heater might be ideal for rural homes, farmhouses, and rustic cabins. While not very energy-efficient, they are useful if you have water needs that tankless can’t meet. If you’re in a colder climate or most of your energy comes from unconventional resources, a condensing water heater may be a good investment.
Which Should You Choose?
We want to ensure that your needs are met. Wherever you live, your home should have the right water heater to help your home run efficiently. It can be difficult to know which will work best for your home, but our trusted team of professionals can help you make the right decision for your new custom home or as part of your existing home renovation.
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