Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
It is estimated that Americans use between 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, with hot water being a necessity. Hot water is constantly used for showers, washing hands, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and much more. Learn about the different available water heaters for your home with the professionals at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning!
Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater
The most common type of water heater is the conventional storage tank water heater. With this type of heater, hot water is available when you need it and is stored inside of an insulated tank. People who use multiple appliances at once that require hot water, like a dishwasher and washing machine, benefit most from conventional storage tank water heaters. These heaters can last for 10-12 years, with regular maintenance required.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater is only heated on demand using coils. Not only does this help conserve energy, it also saves people money on their monthly energy bill. Small in size, these heaters can last for up to 20 years compared to the more traditional heaters. They are an especially good investment for those who aren’t constantly using multiple hot water sources at once.
Heat Pump Water Heater
A heat pump water heater, also known as a hybrid electric water heater, takes heat from the air and transfers it to the water. About 60% less energy is used than that of a standard electric water heater. If you live in a colder environment, a heat pump water heater may not be the best option for you as it needs to be placed where the temperature is between 40 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There also needs to be a 7 foot clearance from floor to ceiling due to the heat pump being on top.
Solar Water Heater
Solar water heaters are particularly popular in areas that experience consistent warmth and sunshine. The heater is mounted on top of the roof of your home, where the solar panels are able to absorb heat from the sun. That heat is then transferred to a non-freezing liquid in a closed-loop system that runs the water to the tank. Those living in warm regions will have the opportunity to save money with the installation of a solar water heater and they will feel good in knowing that it is a more sustainable option for the environment.
Condensing Water Heater
Lastly, a condensing water heater is similar to a conventional storage water heater in that it has a large tank. However, it is different due to the fact that it captures exhaust gases that would typically leave your home. These gases then go through a coil, allowing the cold water to absorb the heat. This type of heater can hold more than 50 gallons of water.
If you’re looking to install a new water heater, contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today! It is important to have a trained specialist install your heater as improper installation can lead to hazardous gas leaks. We look forward to providing you with exceptional customer service and quality work.