Almost every part of the world has the winter season for at least a few days a year. That is why hot water systems have found a way into every household’s bathroom and kitchen. When the temperatures go down, it becomes difficult to bathe, wash, and do other activities with cold water. This is when water heaters come to the rescue. But if you are planning to install or replace your water heater, you need to know about the different options available.
Basically, there are 5 different types of hot water systems available these days. The one that you choose depends on your family size, your water needs, whether you want to store hot water or want its continuous flow, source of energy, and other factors.
Let’s Have A Look At The Different Types Of Water Heaters We Are Talking About.
- Water Heaters with a Storage Tank
These are electric powered water heaters that are most common. They have a tank where water is stored. That is why you have to switch it on half an hour before you want hot water. When you switch it on, it starts heating up water stored inside its tank. So, when you need hot water after half an hour, you have a tank full of it. But there are some disadvantages of using these hot water systems. They cannot give you hot water when you need it in an emergency. You need to give it time to heat the water inside. Other than that, you only have a tank full of water at your disposal. Once you have taken your shower, the next person will also have to wait for half an hour before he can go and have his shower.
- Continuous Flow Water Heaters
These hot water systems do not have any water tank. They are directly connected with your water pipe. As you turn on the water heater and turn on the water tap too, the heater warms up the water as it passes through the heated coils of the system. The more water passes through it, the less warm it will be, and the less water passes through it, the hotter it will be. So, you have to adjust the faucet’s pressure according to the desired water temperature. The best thing about these water heaters is that they can give you a constant supply of hot water for an unlimited number of hours.
- Heat Pumps
These water heating systems have a different working system, in which they heat up the water indirectly while transferring heat from air and ground to the water. As a result, you get hot water instantly at your disposal. Many people go for this type of water heaters because they are very energy efficient and consume significantly less amount of electricity during operation. However, the installation of a heat pump is a little bit complicated, as an overhead clearance tank above the water level will be required for this to work.
- Solar Water Heaters
A large number of new buildings are installed with solar water heaters on their rooftop. An increasing number of people have started preferring this type of water heating system because of its energy efficiency and cost-saving nature. Since it runs for free on solar power, its installation cost is high, but its operational costs are negligible. So, it helps in saving money in the long run.
- Condensing Water Heaters
Condensing hot water systems are beneficial, as they operate on gas instead of electricity. It works by funneling gas to the water to heat it up. It is known to be very efficient in heating water quickly.
So, if you are looking to install cost-effective, highly efficient, durable hot water systems in your property, then go through the pros and cons of all the 5 types of water heaters and make your final decision wisely. Take help of an expert if needed.