You might not be thinking much about your water heater until the old one breaks down and it is time to replace it with new one. Don’t just rush to the market and buy the first water heater you see. Your water heater is an important appliance in the household and it is going to be in your house for next 10 years at least. Take time and do some homework and make an informed choice. There are a variety of water heaters available in the market.
- Tank Storage water heaters
- Tankless water heaters
- Solar water heaters.
Each of these heaters are available in various models and sizes and hence it is important to understand each one of them before making a hasty uninformed decision.
Tank Storage water heater
Water is stored and continuously heated in a storage tank ranging capacity of 20 to 80 gallons. Hot water from the top is supplied when needed and cold water enters from below. There are chances of energy and heat loss in this type of water heater. They are the most common type heaters used in Edmonton homes but they take up a lot of storage space.
Tankless water heaters
They are the heat on demand type of heaters. There is no storage tank, water is heated in the pipes and supplied directly. They heat 2-5 gallons of water per minute. They are energy efficient and there is no heat loss during stand by. It is sleek and can be hung anywhere on the wall. They are perfect for couples and small families, and also green on the environment.
Solar water heaters
They have solar panels which heat water and deliver in storage tanks. They don’t use any other form of energy but they always require a backup system for cloudy days. They are large and bulky with lot of attachments. Solar water heaters occupy a lot of space on your roof and also need space for a storage tank. They are also more expensive than tank water heaters.
After you have understood each type of water heater you should take into account the following things before making your decision.
- Budget – Tank water heaters are cheaper as compared to others.
- Fuel – Think about what fuel you would prefer to use and what heater fits your needs.
- Water requirement – How many people are there in your family and what is your hot water use.
- Guarantees – Different brands give different guarantees, compare who is offering the longest and best warranty in your budget.
If you are still having trouble deciding on a water heater you can take professional advice from Pro Plumbing. They will help you in picking out the right water heater according to your budget and needs.