Choosing a Water Heater

If it’s time to buy a new water heater, homeowners have quite a few choices when they go to pick out a new model. There are different types of water heaters to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget. This article will take a look at each type.

Conventional Storage Water Heater

This is the most common type of water heater. It has an insulated storage tank that holds between 30 and 80 gallons of heated water. It can be powered by natural gas, liquid propane, oil or electricity depending on what is available in the home. With regular maintenance this type of water heater can have quite a long life and meet the demands of the household without issue.

Tankless Water Heater

This type of water heater promises cost savings. This is because it only heats water on demand instead of heating the water 24/7. Homeowners only pay to heat the water they actually use. However, they have a lower flow rate moving only two to five gallons per minute. This can make it hard to use hot water from two appliances at once.

Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

Obviously this water heater is powered by electricity. It works to intensify the heat it draws from the air, transferring that heat to the water contained within its storage tank. It performs best in hot climates, and can be up to three times more energy efficient than a normal water heater.

Solar Water Heater

With the sun powering this water heater, it is a practical purchase in any climate. Active solar water heaters distribute water with a pump, while the passive variety relies on the force of gravity. Passive solar water heaters are less expensive. They may need more maintenance and upkeep than others, but much of it can be done by the homeowner and it could cut down on energy bills.

When it’s time to replace the water heater, talk to the experts at All Star Plumbing and Restoration. They can help determine which type would be beneficial to the household and install a new water heater.

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