What you need to know about your next water heater
Choosing a new water heater for your home or a replacement for your current one may seem like a big hassle. However, taking the time to know each of the available options will allow you to make an informed choice and, in turn, can lead to an ample supply of hot water for the household, plus energy and money savings over the long term.
How to choose a water heater
When choosing a heater to purchase, there are several factors you need to consider. One of the first things that you need to look at is the fuel type or the energy source for the heater. The energy source for the heater, along with its size and efficiency, will affect the operation cost.
You also need to account for the size of your household before choosing a particular model of heater. You need to choose a heater that is of ample size, ensuring that there is enough hot water for your needs without consuming much energy.
In estimating the energy efficiency of a heater, you can check several online resources which can provide you with estimates.Apart from the acquisition cost, you also need to look at the operation cost of the heater.
Types of water heaters
There are several types of heaters currently available in the market today. However, these can be broadly classified into five types.
A conventional storage water heater uses a storage tank for hot water, while a tankless or demand-type water heats the water directly and does not require the use of a storage tank. Heat pump heaters, on the other hand, move heated water from one location to another. Solar heaters utilize the sun’s heat to create hot water while tankless coil and
indirect heaters generate hot water using a home’s space heating system.
Water heater fuel types
Water heaters can be powered by different fuel types. Among the most commonly used are electricity, fuel, geothermal energy, natural gas, propane and solar energy.
Electricity is commonly used for conventional storage, tankless, heat pump, tankless coil and indirect water heaters.
Oil is used as a fuel for conventional, indirect combination and space heating water heaters.
Geothermal energy may be used as a fuel source after the installation of a geothermal heat pump system in the house. Natural gas and propane are often used with conventional, tankless, combination and space heating water heaters. Solar energy is used exclusively for solar water heaters.