Continuously Available Water
With an increase in hot water used in house chores, you need sufficient hot water in your home continuously. Size, type, and cost associated with installing a water heater, as well as how much energy the device will consume, all represent relevant considerations in your purchasing choice. Additionally, the method by which a water heater provides warmth must be considered. There are four primary kinds:
- Storage Tank Hot Water Heaters
- Tankless Hot Water Heaters
- Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters
- Solar Hot Water Heaters
Storage Tank Hot Water Heaters
These are some of the most common kind of hot water heaters. They feature a storage tank used to hold hot water, ensuring a certain amount is available whenever needed. However, tank hot water heaters use more energy in heating the water during “standby” mode than many others.
Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Tankless hot water heaters operate without a storage tank. This eliminates standby costs as hot water is dispensed when needed. Tankless heaters are energy efficient when compared to traditional storage tank heaters. However, most electric tankless heaters can’t supply enough hot water for a full household.
Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters
These hot water heaters use surrounding air to warm water by converting atmospheric energy into sought warmth. However, the heat pump converts not only air but also the humidity surrounding a home.
This can be uncomfortable during winter when the air around you isn’t warm enough. Still, it is a convenient option for summer and may fit the needs of residents in temperate locations.
Solar Hot Water Heaters
Solar hot water heaters are a great way to save on electricity while protecting the environment. This hot water heater makes use of solar energy to heat the water. Such water heaters aren’t usually used alone but are often used together with other hot water heaters.
For example, a solar water heater works well when used with a storage tank heater to keep water hot without additional electricity charges. This ensures you have warm water whenever you need regardless of grid electricity.
Features To Consider
Once you determine specific families of water heaters conforming to your needs, your next step will be to ensure you find the right unit(s) for your home. Three considerable factors include:
- Energy Efficiency
When getting a water heater, it’s advisable you consider the size of the unit you’re about to install. You don’t need a commercial unit in a one-bedroom home. Determine how much hot water you use every day. This will help you calculate exact usage, and what size will best meet your needs. There’s no need to spend more than you must.
When installing hot water heaters, consider how much you want to spend. Certainly, it isn’t advisable to over-extend your budget through the most expensive unit on the market. Also, consider the operating cost of the water heater before buying. Some use more electricity than others, and so end up being more expensive in the long run.
Always aim at minimizing annual energy cost. When looking for a residential heater, find one that will not need too much electricity. The more efficient the water heater, the more you save–but there’s a balance. Go too “efficient”, and the water won’t really be “hot”.
Owning a water heater allows you and your family to enjoy a continuous supply of hot water. Find hot water heaters that fit the specific living conditions of you and your family. You can contact the Russell & Lemay Company to find a unit or a combination of units, best suits your needs.