Types of Water Heaters
A water heater is a big purchase, so picking the right one is crucial. You want to select a system that isn’t going to leave you taking cold showers but will also be energy efficient to lower your bill. Here are three main types of water heaters so you can decide which one is best for your usage and wallet.
Conventional Storage Water Heaters
A conventional storage water heater does exactly what the name says it does: it holds hot water in tank ranging from 20 gallons to 80 gallons. When you turn on your hot water, the tank releases the water and starts to refill from the bottom. These types of tanks aren’t the best energy savers. Since the water in the tank always stays hot, energy is being used to heat the water even when you aren’t using it. These are the most common type of water heater and on the cheaper end at the time of purchase, but due to their lack of energy efficiency your bill will be higher throughout the year.
Tankless Water Heaters
Again just like the name, tankless water heaters heat the water without having a storage tank. When you turn on your hot water, cold water goes into the heater. Your water is heated using either an electric element or a gas burner. You are less likely to run out of hot water with one of these. The upfront cost of buying one of these is more than the conventional storage water heaters, but you will save money in the long run on your energy bills.
Active Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters are the most expensive upfront but are also the most energy efficient. If you are planning on staying in the home you are buying the system for, this is the water heater to buy. There are two types of active solar water heating systems:
Direct – These are the best in areas where it doesn’t freeze often. The pumps circulate the water through the collectors and into the home.
Indirect – These are better if you live in a freezing climate. They pump a non-freezing liquid through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water that goes into your home.
One downside to these systems is that they require a backup system for high demand and cloudy days. Before purchasing one of these systems, check your area to make sure there is enough sunlight, your usage fits the capacity of the system and that your neighborhood allows systems like these.
When selecting a water heater, check out all different types and see which one fits best with your home, water usage and budget. Since these are expensive items, water heaters typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years, buying the right type is very important.
If you are ready to purchase a new water heater, Mr. Plumber can help. Our San Antonio plumbers can help you decide which unit is best for your home and get your new water heater installed. Contact Mr. Plumber Plumbing Co. today.