All of us like a nice warm shower, especially after a long day. For many of us, walking in and switching the water on to our favorite temperature can seem like no big deal. However, one of the critical parts of your plumbing system makes all of that possible. It is your water heater. If you need heated water for dishes to laundry, your water heater provides it.
Here are 3 options for water heaters, especially if you are in the market to replace your current water heater. Each one has its pros and cons, so consider talking with your experienced and licensed plumber about the best choice for your home. You may find your next upgrade in one of the choices below.
A Popular Option: Storage Water Heaters
When it comes to water heaters, there are a variety available. Storage water heaters provide heated water using energy from electricity, natural gas, propane, or even fuel oil. They range in a variety of storage sizes, from 20 to 80 gallons. Your water heater allows heated water from the top of the tank to flow to your faucet, while allowing cold water in the bottom of the tank, which is then heated.
Water within the tank is constantly being heated while it is in the tank, so it can be consuming energy, even if you do not have any faucets on. More energy efficient models are able to hold in the heat better, which can make them friendlier on their utility usage.
Reducing Energy Consumption: On Demand Water Heaters
On demand water heaters can significantly reduce your energy use by simply heating water as you need it. They do not have heat loss from the tank, because they are not storing any heated water. Cold water travels through a pipe and into the unit, where it is heated and then set to the faucet. The delay may be a few seconds, but then heated water never runs out.
Keep in mind, however, that if you have multiple bathrooms or faucets, you are going to need an on demand water heater that can keep up with a good flow rate. This process may involve running parallel water heaters to meet your needs.
Indirect Water Heaters
With this type of water heater, your home’s heating system is doing double duty. It is both warming your home and your home’s water. Typically, the water is drawn through your heating system, thus allowing heated water to be piped throughout your home. An indirect water heater may be used with a boiler and the water is stored in an insulated tank. A tankless coil option is also available.
This system could be challenging and less energy efficient in North San Diego County, where heating systems are used less frequently due to the mild weather.
When it comes to selecting your next water heater, it is important to look at your heated water needs and make sure your new system can meet them. Plus, you want to look for the most energy efficient model possible to keep your energy use down. The good news is that models today are more efficient than ever, so you can find the right model to fit your needs and benefit your budget.
Proactive Plumbing has provided dependable plumbing services, installations and repair for more than 15 years. We service Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido and other areas of San Diego County.