One of the greatest comforts during the coldest time of the year is taking a nice, hot shower before bed, or right when you wake up in the morning. In order to enjoy this comfort, you need to have a dependable water heater installed in your home. In addition to heating water for your showers, of course, your water heater is responsible for heating water with which to clean, do the dishes, and wash your linens. These are all important tasks, so you can afford to take no chances when it comes to the water heater that you use in your home. We’ll briefly outline 3 different types of water heaters below.
Tank Water Heaters
Sometimes, the old standby qualifies as such for good reasons. The tank water heater is what most homeowners will likely think of when they envision a water heater. These systems are great for homes with large hot water demands, or in those in which simultaneous hot water usage is common. They store hot water in a tank, which means that there is always some ready to go. Of course, one drawback is the inevitable standby energy loss, meaning that some heat from the water in the tank will transfer to the air surrounding it, negatively affecting efficiency. Modern systems are better insulated and more efficient than ever before, though.
Tankless Water Heaters
If you want to avoid standby energy loss, if you don’t really have the room necessary for a tank water heater, or if you just won’t invest in a system renowned for its longevity, then the tankless water heater may be right for you. These systems don’t use a storage tank, as they heat the water that you need in an on-demand fashion. However, they are also more expensive to purchase than tank models and can be more easily overwhelmed when high volumes of hot water are needed.
Geothermal Water Heaters
Do you have a geothermal heating and cooling system installed in your home? Then you may want to think about heating water for use throughout your home with that same system. An auxiliary component called a desuperheater allows for this, drawing very hot gases from the system’s compressor in order to heat the water. Contact us today to discuss your water heating options further.