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Choosing the right water heater is a more important decision than you might think at first glance. It is estimated that up to 30 percent of a home’s energy costs comes from this one source. Before choosing a hot water heater for your home, consider your home size and how much hot water you typically use in a day.
Water Heaters Have Different Designs and Capacities
The most common type of hot water heater is the conventional. This type has an insulated storage tank that holds a certain amount of heated water, generally between 30 and 80 gallons. The water can be heated by several methods: electricity, oil, natural gas or liquid propane. A gauge inside the tank will read the water temperature, so that as soon as it cools below a set temperature, the heater will begin to work to heat the water back up. This is a continuous process, so energy is being used to heat water whether you use it or not, making this the least efficient heater.
The second most popular type of hot water heater is the tankless. Tankless heaters are more compact and wall-mounted, so you are saving space, and you don’t have to worry about a leak. A tankless heater saves energy and money because it only heats water when you need it. You can heat these units with either gas or electric. This system works best in warmer weather areas as the water doesn’t take as long to heat.
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On the other hand, it has slow flow rate and is best used in a small household that doesn’t need high volume or multiple simultaneous uses, as hot water will only be available for one task at a time. You can get around this limitation by buying more than one unit in the home, although of course this will increase your costs; tankless heaters can last 20 years or longer, but they cost about twice as much as conventional heaters. You could still be ahead in savings if you stay in your home for a number of years, as you will not have to replace the unit as often as a conventional heater, and your energy savings will accrue over time.
The last heater type is the electric, which are powered by electricity, as the name implies. An electric heat pump draws heat out of the air and transfers it to water in the storage tank. Obviously, this system works well in hot climates. In fact, this can be as much as three times more efficient than a conventional heater.
Once you have determined which kind of water heater meets your needs, hire a plumber for correct installation; a properly configured heater will work at its best.
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