Water Heating 101: Type Of Heaters At Home

type of heaters at homeWater heaters are valuable and indispensable plumbing appliances at home. They help us get through our daily routines with ease; provide us hot water for our needs and simply make our lives a lot more comfortable. These appliances last for 10 to 15 years — or maybe even more when taken care of properly. But if your water heater is already old, it would be a great idea to think about installing a new heating system for your home. If you want to know your options, read on and learn more about the different types of water heater.

I. Fuel Source

Water heaters are powered by electricity, gas or hybrid energy.

a. Gas heaters are slightly more expensive than electric types but produce lower operating cost. What’s good about these heaters is that they are not affected by power outages. You have to remember though that they should be properly vented out to ensure safety.

b. Electric water heaters cost less than gas units. They no longer need to be vented out of your home and are also easy to maintain. Water also boils faster with electric water heaters.

c. Hybrid heaters are the prime heating systems in the market today. They’re the “green”, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional water heaters. They require lower operating costs and yet heat water faster than most electric types.

II. Water Storage

Water heaters can be tank-type, tankless or hybrid.

a. Obviously, tank-type or the traditional water heaters have water reservoirs. The capacity of these types ranges from 20 to 80 gallons and they are more economical as compared to the other two types.

b. Tankless water heaters do not have a tank thus they produce no standby heat loss. They only heat water on demand which then reduces energy consumption by up to 30% as compared to the tank-type units.

c. Hybrid water heaters, evidently, are the most efficient heating systems nowadays. They heat water faster than electric water heaters and require lower operating cost.

III. Function

Water heaters also vary in terms of function. They can either supply hot water to all the fixtures in your home or to just specific faucets where you want hot water. In other words, they can be whole-house or point-of-use heating systems. The whole-house units of course supply hot water to all the showers and faucets in the property. Point-of-use water heaters are usually installed under the sink and for single applications only. That means, they only provide hot water to the fixtures connected to them. Most of these are tankless and so they provide hot water only when needed. These types are also small which is why they are often installed in a closet or inside the kitchen sink cabinet. Definitely a space-saver!

We hope that we have explained the types of heaters at home. If you need professional advice as to what will work best for your home, just call the most reliable Hollywood plumber. Plumbers 911 Florida provides local plumbing services in Hollywood FL including water heater installation, water heater repair, leak detection, plumbing appliance installation, plumbing fixture installation and many more! Call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!

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Posted on: March 12, 2015