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Water Heaters: Technology and Options

water heaters technology and optionsWater heaters are essential in today’s homes. When replacing your current water heater or adding one to a new home, you need to choose a system that will fit the needs of the whole household. That means that you need a system that will not only provide enough hot water for the family, but will also do it in an energy-efficient manner. Efficiency saves you money, and new technologies make water heaters more “energy-saving” than ever before.

Types of Water Heaters

Most water heaters in existing homes are a conventional storage design. These water heaters have a reservoir of hot water ready at any given time. Other, more modern options include:

  • Tankless or demand water heaters heat the water only when you need it.
  • Solar water heaters provide hot water to the home with help from the sun. They can be a great option in sunny Florida.
  • Tankless coil or indirect water heaters incorporate the home’s existing heating system to heat water.
  • Heat pump water heaters do not generate heat directly but move heat from one place to another to provide hot water to the home.

Fuel type is extremely important when it comes to energy efficiency. Use the following chart to determine which fuel option will work with each type of water heater list above.

Fuel Conventional Storage Demand Water Heaters Solar Water Heaters Indirect Water Heaters Heat Pump Water Heaters
Electricity X X X X
Oil X X
Geothermal Energy X
Natural Gas X X X
Propane X X X
Solar Energy X

 

Fuel prices vary depending on location, and the efficiency will depend on how you use the water heater. The cost of installing a system will also depend on what type of current system you may have. Generally, natural gas, propane, or oil options may be the most cost-effective in the long run, but they may be more expensive initially to install. They are also not as environmentally friendly as geothermal or solar energy options.

Keep in mind that you do not want to wait until your water heater fails to replace it. Waiting until your current water heater breaks will rush your decision and will not give you enough time to consider all of your options. Instead, call the professionals at A to Z Statewide Plumbing, Inc. to get the process started. We can help you find the water heater that fits your household.

Aaron Atkins

When not focused on supplying your home or business with helpful tips and suggestions and the highest level of plumbing, sewer, and drainage needs, Aaron likes to stay on the cutting edge of the automotive, marketing, motorcycle, and technology fields. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and three children. He is a self-proclaimed social media wiz, an avid runner, and prefers to stay highly caffeinated at all points in time.