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Different Types Of Water Heaters And Their Pros And Cons

If you are in need of hot water installations in your home, there are several types of water heaters that you could choose from, each with their pros and cons.

Let us take a look at a few here so you can make the best decision for your home.

Tank Water Heaters

Very common, these water heaters operate by continually heating up water using electricity to a set temperature, which then allows hot water on demand. These water heaters last for at least a decade without much maintenance and are relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. They do, however, use a lot of electricity on a continual basis which can drive up energy costs.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pumps use heat exchanger technology to heat water up. This makes them fairly energy efficient. However, such systems are usually pretty large and also expensive to install. Moreover, they require a warm climate to be effective, as they need air that is consistently warmer than the water in order to be effective.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters provide an endless amount of hot water by heating the water only when needed. Water becomes warm by running cold water through super-heated coils, which are powered by electricity or gas. The fact that you are only heating the hot water that you need means that it is an efficient system and therefore more environmentally-friendy and cost-effective to operate. It is, however, quite expensive to install.

Point-Of-Use Water Heaters

These small water heaters are designed to provide hot water to one fixture in isolation. They come as both tankless or conventional tank water heaters. The aim of this type of water heater is to provide hot water to fixtures that are not regularly used, and that might be separate from the main house water heating system – such as in a guest house, for instance. They’re relatively inexpensive but not efficient if regularly used.

Solar-Powered Water Heaters

These systems use solar energy rather than electricity or gas to heat your water. They are much more environmentally friendly and also can save you a lot of money on energy costs if you live in an area that receives a lot of sunlight. However, they can be pretty expensive to install.

Other water heaters, such as condensing water heaters and combination boilers, are also options to consider, although they are considerably less common.

Speak to us at Rawlinson Plumbing & Gas Ltd to find out which hot water installations would be best for you. Contact us today to get help now!

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