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Types of Water Heaters

Types of Water Heaters and Who They are Best For

When it comes to choosing a water heater, homeowners should be sure to have the best option installed depending on their household’s overall needs. Choosing the right water heater is very important because it will be around for a decade or more. Whether you are looking to upgrade your current heater, or are looking for a water heater replacement in your Berthoud home, there a some things that need to be accounted for when coming to a decision about the different types of models available. This guide should be helpful in the decision making process.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater or on-demand water heater uses heated coils to heat water as needed, rather than relying on a supply of water in a tank. This type of water heater is able to heat water quickly, and is a great option for large families who may need to take hot showers all at once. Tankless water heaters come in different sizes, so larger sizes may be needed for larger families.

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater

A conventional storage tank water heater is the most popular type of water heater. Water is heated and held in an insulated tank. The amount of hot water available at one time is determined by the size of the tank. Smaller tanks may run out of hot water more frequently, leaving family members to wait for the next tank of water to heat up.

Solar Powered Water Heater

A solar powered water heater is a good option for homes that already have solar panels installed. This type of water heater is extremely energy efficient, and works well in sunny climates. Solar powered water heaters do usually need a backup plan for cloudy days, though. Gas or electricity are typlically used to power the water heater when sun is not available to do the job.

Condensing Water Heater

A condensing water heater uses the unused gas fumes from a home to heat water. This is a good option for gas-powered homes. It is a very energy efficient water heater. Condensing water heaters, like conventional storage water heaters, uses a tank to hold heated water. So, the tank should be large enough for the size of the family using it.

Heat Pump Water Heater

A heat pump water heater or hybrid water heater uses heat from the ground and air to heat water. This type of water heater uses up to 60% less electricity than traditional water heaters. Heat pump water heaters do not work well if installed in cold places such as basements. Though a homeowner can expect to save money on electricity costs, the upfront cost of a heat pump water heater is more expensive than other types of water heaters.

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