Installing A Reliable Water Heater
Were you shivering in the cold shower when you found that there was no hot water coming from your water heater? Don’t you think manually boiling water for your hot water needs is really primitive and very troublesome?
With the invention of the water heater, most of our daily household chores have been simplified. Just turn on the water tap and we get endless hot water. Not to mention the luxurious hot or warm showers we love to take to distress after a long day at work.
This makes picking the best and most efficient water heater an important task.
Cost of Water Heater vs Energy Efficiency
In today’s high-tech world, there are now several other water heater options you can consider.
Usually the more energy-efficient models are more expensive, but you will be able to save more in the long run.
- Electric Water Heater: Heats up water using one or two heating elements. Cheapest option available.
- Gas Water Heater: Uses a burner to heat water. Needs ventilation and make sure not to store combustible items near it. More energy-efficient but more expensive than electric water heater.
- Hybrid Water Heater: Heats up water using energy from outside air or air from the room (where it is stored). Available as built-in water tanks or as add-ons to existing water tanks. Much lower energy costs but more expensive to buy. Bulkier than electric water heaters.
- Solar Water Heater: Uses energy from the sun to heat water. Need a backup system for cloudy days. Much lower energy costs but very expensive to buy.
Storage Tank Water Heater vs Tankless Water Heater
The most common type of water heater is the storage tank water heater, where water is heated and stored in an insulated tank until it is needed.
Natural gas and liquid propane models normally use less energy and are cheaper to operate than electric models of similar size.
If your family uses a lot of hot water frequently, opt for a water heater with a bigger storage tank and a higher recovery rate. A higher recovery rate means more water can be heated in 1 hour.
A tankless water heater, also known as the on-demand water heater, does not store water. It will heat up water as the water flows though a series of coils within the heater when you use it.
Since the tankless water heater only heats the water on-demand, it is more energy-efficient than a traditional storage tank one. It is usually more compact and suitable for smaller homes.
No matter which type of water heater you choose – the economical storage tank water heater, or the higher investment energy-efficient models, it would be a wise decision to leave the water heater installation to professional plumbers.