Purchasing a new hot water heater might not be on the top of your list, but when the time comes, it is important to do your homework.
You will want to select a water heating system that will not only provide a sufficient amount hot water, but will provide hot water in a energy efficient way. The bottom line – more energy efficient, the less money you spend on utility bills. There several different types of water heaters available.
Types of Water Heaters
It’s a good idea to know the different types of water heaters available before you purchase one:
- Conventional storage water heatersprovide a ready reservoir of hot water.
- Heat pump water heaters transfer heat from one location to another, instead of producing heat directly for supplying hot water.
- Solar water heaters use heat from the sun’ to provide hot water.
- Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water continuously without the use of a reservoir.
- Tankless coil and indirect water heaters will use your home’s heating system to heat water.
Consider the following when determining the best type and model of water heater for your home and lifestyle.
- Price/Cost – What will be the costs of the water heater and will be it’s operating cost.
- Size – You will need an appropriately sized water heater proportion to your home.
- Energy efficiency – Consider an energy efficient water heater for your next purchase. In the long run you will benefit from big savings, a sharp investment and a purchase that protects the environment.
- Fuel type – The energy source or fuel type you utilize for water heating will not only Fuel type and its availability in your area may narrow your water heater choices. It is always a good idea to compare the different types of fuel that are available in your area. It is also important to consider the fuel cost in your area when building a new home. Contact your utility provider for current fuel costs. This is also good money saving tip if you’re replacing a water heater. Many households find that that they will save money by using a different fuel or energy source. The following is a list of water heater options by fuel or energy source:
- Electricity is broadly available in the United States to fuel heat pump water heaters, tankless water heaters and conventional storage water heaters
- Fuel oil is available in a number of areas of the United States to fuel conventional storage water heaters, space heating systems and indirect combination water heaters.
- Geothermal energy is accessible in the United States for those who will have or already have a geothermal heat pump system installed in their homes.
- Natural gas is accessible in numerous areas of the United States to fuel combination water and space heating systems, conventional storage and demand water heaters.
- Propane is available throughout the United States for fuel conventional storage indirect combination water and space heating systems.
- Solar energy is also available throughout the United States, and used more often in the Southwest for solar water heaters.