What are you looking to replace an existing water heater inside your home, or when you upgrade your unit to a new and better unit, it's worth it to familiarize yourself with all the different types of water heaters that are on the market today. Below are some of the most common; if you have questions about any of them, contact a plumber to get more information about your next water heater installation.
This is the traditional model of water heaters that has been in existence for decades. Usually seen as a large cylinder in your garage or in your basement, storage tank heaters operate by filling up an enormous tank full of water, heating it up, then dispersing it throughout your home. They last on average between 8 to 15 years, and require very little maintenance to operate efficiently. They're cost effective and can work with just about any home.
A step above the traditional storage tanks, tankless water heaters have a very minimal footprint and deliver hotter water more quickly than just about any other type available. Instead of heating up a tank of water and then dispersing it throughout your home, it heats the water as it passes through the pipes in the tankless water heater itself. This creates a near limitless supply of hot water in your home, and can even be installed directly to the rooms themselves to ensure a more reliable flow.
Though not as common as the storage tank or tankless water heaters, heat pumps are a more universal answer to your homes heating and cooling needs. Instead of using electricity to generate the heat itself, electricity in the heat pumps are used to move the heat from the ground or the air directly into the water, resulting in a far more energy-efficient set up. These units generally take up more space and cost significantly more, but the difference in energy savings may be enough to make up the difference.
If your home uses natural gas as its primary energy source, a condensing water heater may be the perfect option for you. Though significantly more expensive than any of the other water heaters on this list, it's much more efficient at heating the water inside your home since it uses your homes unused gas fumes to heat the water directly. As a result, you'll notice a significant drop in your homes utility bills and also requires minimal maintenance and no more space to set up the traditional storage tank.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.