Before going out and buying a brand new water heater, it’s advised to know the different types so you can choose the best one for your home. It’s important that your water heater provides enough hot water, but is also energy-efficient. Aside from the size, you should also consider fuel sources.
Types of Water Heaters
- Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters – Uses tank storage with a heat pump that extracts heat from the air. This water heater uses water and electrical connections already present, and can reduce water heating costs by 60%.
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters – Has a storage tank full of hot water. A high-efficiency model can reduce heating bills by as much as 7%.
- Tankless Water Heater – More energy efficient because it heats up as much water as needed. When switched on, it continuously supplies hot water. Requires less space and can be hung on a wall but may require a larger gas line, venting, or additional electric circuits. However, it can last 15-20 years and reduces heating bills by 30%.
- Solar Water Heater Systems – Uses the sun’s energy to heat up water and can be passive or active. Passive types are best used in areas that rarely fall below freezing temperatures. Active solar heaters are better used in areas that get freezing temperatures. Active solar heaters use pumps and controls, while passive solar heaters use a thermosiphon system.
No matter which type of water heater you choose, our plumbers at Air Solutions can install a brand-new water heater for you. We won't just leave the rest for you to figure out though, we will remove the old unit, install the new one, and clean up when we're done. Please do remember that water heater installation isn’t a simple, DIY task. Working with gas, water, and electricity may harm the inexperienced and may result in injuries.