Posted on: 10 January 2018
The energy that you consume heating the water in your home can constitute a huge percentage of you overall energy consumption. In fact, the EPA states that water heaters are the second biggest energy consumer in a home. So, if you have an old water heater, it is probably not very efficient. Investing in a new water heater can ultimately reduce your bills by quite a lot. Of course, water heaters are expensive and it will take years for you to earn this money back through your reduced monthly bills. This article explains what to look for when shopping for residential water heaters.
The fuel type is the first thing you need to decide on. It will inform your options. Propane and natural gas are the most popular fuel options. However, your fuel choices might be limited by where you live. That is, some fuels are not available in some regions. So, you need to check with your utility company. If you can't have your fuel of choice supplied directly through public utility lines, there are still some options available. For instance, homeowners in remote areas where there are no public utilities will store fuel in large underground propane tanks. You can store at one full year of gas in a tank, and then just have it refilled when necessary.
Hybrid or Fuel Only Tanks
Next, you need to decide if you want a hybrid or fuel only tank. Hybrid tanks use the gas and electricity to heat the water. Modern hybrid systems are among the most efficient because they utilize the gas and tap into electricity when demand necessitates extra hot water.
Storage or Demand Tanks
Storage tanks are the best for families and large buildings. By always having some hot water stored in the tank, hot water can be delivered more quickly around the home. Demand tanks basically just heat up the water when the hot water is turned on. This usually means there is a longer wait time. It also isn't very efficient in large households where multiple outlet might be drawing hot water at the same time.
Indirect Heating Systems
Indirect water heating systems are efficient and eco-friendly because they incorporate the space heating system. Basically, the heat pump is used to heat water and air. These systems do have drawbacks (they can be slow), but they are great for moderate climates and small buildings.
These are just some of the most important things you should consider when shopping for a new water heater installation.Share