Water heaters are essential for ensuring that your water temperatures are just right for cooking and washing. However, many homeowners don't realize that they have a couple of different models to choose from. Here are the water heater options to consider for installation in your home:
As the name implies, a conventional water heater is likely the one that you're most familiar with. It stores constantly heated water and can be very economical for many homes. These models can range between 20 and 80 gallon capacity, come in different efficiency levels and can be easily installed in a closet, garage or basement. While conventional fixtures have proven to be reliable, they aren't as efficient as some of the other options, can take up precious space and can be more expensive to run.
Unlike a conventional model, tankless water heaters only heat water when needed, saving energy. This option never runs out of warm water, and can save around 30 to 50 percent in energy costs as it only uses hot water as it’s needed. Its size is an additional benefit, as it's small and can easily hang on the wall, giving back your floor space. The downside of a tankless heater is that installation can be a challenge, and there's a lag time between demand and water delivery.
If you want quick access to hot water while still improving your efficiency, a hybrid water heater can be the best choice. This model uses a heat pump to capture heat from the air and transfer it to the water. It uses 60 percent less energy than conventional models and can even qualify you for rebates and tax incentives. Installation is similar to the conventional process and homeowners can start noticing cost savings right away. However, hybrid models cost more to buy, and must be placed in an area that stays between 40 and 90 degrees, limiting your storage options.
For help choosing and installing the best water heater for your home, contact your local Woodbridge Roto-Rooter plumbing professional today.