Three Water Heaters To Invest In For Your Home
Today, sustainable living and “going green” are increasing in their popularity. And, more than ever before, large companies are jumping on the wagon by offering systems that use less energy and / or are completely self sufficient. This is true especially for water heater manufacturers. Although water heating systems aren’t typically top of mind for those who want to consider
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are commonly referred to as on-demand water heaters. They are small, box-like contraptions that immediately heat water as it passes through a heat exchange. Hence their name, they do not have a water storage reservoir – the absence of a storage tank can cause a lag time from when the tap is turned on because the coils need time to heat up. Depending on preference, both gas and electric systems can be purchases. Users save money over time because energy is used only at the moment of need, whereas conventional systems encounter standby losses. As a result, savings are estimated at around 10-20%.
Hybrid Water Heaters
Hybrid water heaters are the result of taking technology from both conventional systems and tankless systems. Hybrid units heat water in multiple passes through copper pipes. However, a small tank is included with all hybrid water heating units because the copper pipes alone are not efficient enough to heat large volumes of water. Because of this tank, standby losses occur but they are greatly reduced because the volume of water being stored is also reduced. Hybrid water heaters are great for people who live in smaller homes with fewer people as they save energy but aren’t the best when it comes down to providing 5 people in a row with hot showers.
Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters, by far and large are the greenest of the green water heaters out on the market. Although solar water heaters require a extra hardware and a tank, they are very efficient even in regions with a high percentage of overcast days. Solar technology has advanced enough to the point where indirect solar radiation (sunlight that is scattered by particulates and clouds in the atmosphere) can be harnessed efficiently. One thing you’ll want to be aware of is that solar water heaters have a higher up-front cost and your home must be outfitted properly which can raise installation fees.
No matter what your energy saving objectives are, it’s important to always research any long term investment. Although energy-saving water heaters like the ones mentioned above can reduce your ecological footprint and save you money in the long run, it’s important to envision the bigger picture.