Choosing a new water heater is an important decision, one that you only have to make every ten or fifteen years, so it’s important to choose one carefully. Most households use 15 to 25 percent of their home energy to heat water. Before you purchase a new water heater, educate yourself about the options available so that you can quickly choose the most efficient unit that meets your needs if your current unit fails. Calverley Heating & Cooling, Inc. offers a variety of different types of water heaters to best meet your comfort needs.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATER HEATERS
Storage Water Heaters
Storage water heaters, also known as conventional water heaters, are the most common type of water heater, but not the most efficient. They use more energy because they keep a large tank of water hot at all times, even when no one is using hot water.
Tankless Water Heaters
Also known as demand or instantaneous water heaters, tankless water heaters save energy because they only heat water when you need it, without storing hot water in a tank. While more expensive, tankless water heaters can save money on energy costs and they can last five to ten years longer than traditional storage heaters.
Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
Although electric heat pump water heaters cost more initially, they are extremely efficient because they don’t require fuel or electricity to generate heat. They only use energy to circulate water. Heat pump water heaters actually use the heat that is in the air, ground, or an outside water source to heat the water. Heat pumps have the side benefit of cooling and dehumidifying air inside the house as they remove its heat, making them an excellent choice for damp basements. Heat pump water heaters function most effectively in moderate to warm climates where they can draw heat from warmer air.Â You can buy a heat pump as an add-on to your current storage water heater or you can purchase an integral heat pump, in which the heat pump and storage tank come as one unit.