Is it time for you to get a new water heater? If so, then you have a lot to think about.
You might be so accustomed to the current water heater you have in your home that you don’t even want to think about switching to something else. While the one you have might actually be the best option for you and your family, you can’t say that for certain until you know about all the options available.
So, sit tight and let our water heater experts here at Jones Services tell you all you need to know!
Different Types of Water Heaters
- Storage water heaters: These are typically the most popular type of water heaters for residences in the United States because they can be utilized with all different fuel types – electricity, natural gas, propane, and oil. Storage water heaters operate by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when the hot water tap is turned on. To ensure that the tank remains full of water, as soon as the hot water is released, cold water enters the bottom of the tank. Ranging in size from 20 to 80 gallons, these types of water heaters can sometimes waste energy because water is constantly being heated inside the tank, even if it’s not being used.
- Demand water heaters: You may have also heard of these types of water heaters be referred to as “tankless.” Demand water heaters do not have storage tanks, and so do not waste as much energy as traditional ones. They only heat the water up when the hot water tap is turned on. And they heat as they pass over a heating element, not when it’s just at a standstill in a tank. The downside of this type of water heater is that they have been known to have limited flow rate, which means it can be difficult for hot water to be used at more than one location at once.
- Heat pump water heater: These types of water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another, instead of generating the heat directly. To ensure this water heater operates efficiently, it should be places in areas having excess heat – like furnace rooms. But don’t worry. Jones Services would be there to find the perfect location for your heat pump water heater!
- Tankless coil and indirect water heaters: With this type of water heater, you are essentially getting a two-for-one. You don’t need a separate storage tank for the tankless coil water heater because water is heated right inside the boiler in a hydronic heating system. If you already have a hydronic boiler in your home, this could be a really great option, especially during the colder months. When your boiler is not in use as frequently, though, the tankless coil heater works less efficiently. That’s when it might be good to think about an indirect water heater. While it does need a separate storage tank, it works well in cold or warm weather because it doesn’t rely on the boiler running to heat the water.
- Solar water heaters: There are water heaters out there that allow energy from the sun to heat water for your home – and solar water heaters are it. A properly designed, installed, and maintained solar water heater can usually meet nearly all of a home’s hot water demands. The only thing to keep in mind, though, is that these systems typically require conventional water heaters as a backup.
See, we told you you’d have a lot to think about. But don’t worry if you’re feeling overwhelmed – Jones Services is here to help. For more information on the different types of water heaters, or to schedule a water heater installation, give us a call today!