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What are the Hot Water Heater Types

What are the Hot Water Heater Types

Which water heater is better, electric or gas? Hot water heaters aren’t the most popular items in social media. They’re not even pretty or pleasing to the eyes. But when your old heater breaks down they become the center of your attention. The following is a short guide that will help you decide what type of water heater is best for you.
Storage Type and Cost
There are several types of water heaters out there. There’s the standard type, high efficiency, solar, point of use, and tankless heater. Most of these types are whole house systems, well except for point of use heaters. Let’s look at each type below.
Standard Storage Tank Heaters
This is the most popular type of water heater. These things use either electricity or gas to heat the water stored in its tanks. Note that gas powered water heaters are generally much cheaper to operate compared to electric ones. These water heaters usually have a 20 to 80 gallon tank.
They have an average usable life of 15 years. Compared to other heater types, these are the most affordable ones you can find.
High Efficiency Tank Heater
HE models are the most energy efficient of the different types. They use 10 to 20 percent less energy. You save up to $140 each year. They’re pretty much the same setup as standard models but they tend to be more expensive.
Solar Water Heaters
As the name suggests, these water heaters use the power of the sun. A thermal collector will be installed in your yard or roof. They also have a standard storage tank and a backup storage for the hot water.
Point of Use Heaters
These heaters are used to augment the hot water needs of your home. They have a very limited supply of hot water – only about 20 to 30 gallons. They only supply hot water for specific areas of your house (like the kitchen for instance).
If you need advice on the right type of heater you need for your home, call a Quad Cities hot water heater service company like C. Ewert Plumbing. They have professionals on standby 24/7. Call 563-322-3222 today for a free quote.