Are high electric bills keeping you from giving your family the comfort they deserve?
It’s important to have a water heater that performs properly so you and your family are never caught without hot water. According to Energy Star, high efficiency water heaters use 10-50% less energy than standard models, saving money on energy bills.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to energy savings from water heaters, including: family size, heater location, and the size and placement of water pipes. Proper insulation and maintenance are important as well.
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Tank water heaters are the most popular type of water heating system for the home. These heaters have a supply of hot water ranging from 20-80 gallons. Hot water is released from the top of the tank when needed, then cold water enters the bottom of the tank to replace the hot water.
This ensures the tank remains full and the water remains heated. This type of heating method can be wasteful since water in the tank remains heated, even when it’s not being used. Some storage water heaters have a heavily insulated tank, which can significantly reduce heat loss when not in use.
Heat pump water heaters are the newest thing is water heating technology. Although this style of water heater is new, the technology has been used for decades in other heating products. Heat is pulled from the air surrounding the tank and distributed into the tank.
This process still continues to happen at lower outdoor temperatures. A byproduct of this type of heater is it will also cool the air around the tank. To give an example of the outcome of this style of heater, consider this: If you have a water heater in your garage, a heat pump water heater can cool your garage and heat your water at the same time.
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as needed, or on demand. When hot water is needed, cold water travels through a pipe into the tankless unit. Gas, or electricity, heats the water. This ensures the water heater delivers a constant supply of hot water.
Solar water heaters use the heat of the sun to warm your water. This technology has been used for centuries and it is a great solution to those really attempting to achieve a “Green” Home. Solar water heaters may require a gas or electric booster for cloudy days, but for people who live in sunny climates, this is a great option.
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