Your water heater is an essential component of your home’s plumbing system. When it comes time to replace your current water heater with a new model, you have many options. Taking a look at your home’s current water heating needs, as well as evaluating your monthly energy and water expenditures, can help you determine the best type of water heater to purchase for your Charleston home.
Tankless vs. Storage
There are two basic types of water heaters available on the market: tankless water heaters and storage tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters produce hot water on an as-needed basis—when you open the tap, water flows through the heating system until the tap is closed, at which point the heating process halts. Storage tank water heaters maintain a large tank full of water, which is heated to the desired temperature so it is ready for use at all times. Both tankless and storage tank water heaters are available in models that offer high energy efficiency so you can enjoy the hot water you need quickly and without wasted water or energy.
Water heaters are typically powered by electricity or natural gas, but these aren’t the only two options available. Modern water heaters may use oil, propane, geothermal energy, or solar energy to heat water. When choosing your next water heater, it’s important to consider both the availability of various fuel sources near your home, as well as their price. Electricity and natural gas are two of the most common water heater fuel sources because they are readily available. However, if your home includes solar panels or a heat pump system, you may want to consider linking your water heater into your existing system to save money on water heating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
All water heaters are rated with a certain system capacity. Regardless of the type of water heater you choose, it’s essential to match the system capacity of your new water heater to the water heating needs of your home. A storage tank water heater that is too small may run out of hot water during use, while a storage tank that is too large will cost you more to heat excess water that you may not really need. Similarly, a tankless water heater with too low a capacity may not be able to keep up with your home’s water heating needs, even if you expect “endless” hot water from this type of system. Your plumber can help you evaluate your water heating needs based on the size of your home, the number of people using hot water each day, and your previous water heating system to help you select a model with exactly the right capacity to offer the hot water you need in a cost-effective way.
A new water heater could drastically reduce your water and energy usage, while increasing the convenience of getting hot water from any fixture in your home. If you’re ready to explore new water heaters in Charleston, SC, click on over to our website to take a look at our water heater products and services, including professional installation and maintenance of your new system. Our blog contains even more home plumbing information to help you make the right choices when it comes to all your plumbing repair and replacement needs.