Calgary Hot Water Heaters: Types of Water Heaters
Over the course of this blog’s life, we’ve looked at a few different kinds of water heaters,but I thought it would be a good idea to pull them all together so that you can see exactlywhat your options are when it comes to replacing your water heater. The water heater is very important to the comfort of your home and when it goes down the drain, it takes your comfort with it! So looking at all of your options in water heaters is important.
Storage Tank Water Heaters
The most traditional water heaters around are the storage tank water heaters. These water heaters store water in a tank and keep it heated. When the tank runs dry, you have to wait until the water tank replenishes itself. Nowadays, they have excellent tank insulation sothey are more energy efficient and they are easy to fix and cheaper to replace than other systems.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are systems which heat the water ‘on demand’; the system runs water over heating coils and delivers it straight to wherever it needs to go. Tankless water heaters are rarely used to deliver hot water throughout the home since they don’t have the capacity to keep up with a family, but they are an excellent way to deliver hot water where it is most needed, bolster your hot water supplies and cut costs.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another. The warm is drawn from the surrounding area and then used to heat the water inside the tank.The refrigerant in the heating unit warms up and moves heat to the water, then cools off and draws more heat around. Heat pumps can be incredibly efficient, but they do take upspace and they can be trickier to repair.
Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters use the power of the sun to heat the water and move it throughout the home. In places where the temperature drops below 0 regularly, an active solar water heater will be installed. In summer, the system relies on the sun; in the winter, things like antifreeze are used to keep the water from freezing and add heat energy to the water so that it comes out hot. At the moment, solar energy can provide up to 50% of the energy required to heat water for a family home, so it’s a significant energy savings though the technology still has a ways to go.
Integrated Hot Water/Heating System
An integrated system heats both the water in your home and provides heating for the house. It’s really efficient in the winter, but in the summer when you don’t need heating, it’s less efficient so you end up switching around. The integrated system is best used where it stays at least some what cool most of the year or at least is very cold for good chunks of the year so that you can balance out your energy bills.
Most people opt either for the storage tank water heater or the storage tank bolstered by the tankless heater. Solar power is slowly gaining in popularity as more people try tolive more ‘off the grid’. Integrated systems are usually used by people who live in chilly climates and heat pumps are used by those who want hyper efficiency and may not need tons and tons of hot water every day.
So there you go! There are some pretty cool options for water heaters today so choose your heater carefully and you’ll have hot water for a long time.
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