Is it time to install a new water heater in your home? With so many options on the market, it can be hard to decide what the best one is. You want power, efficiency, and an attractive price point, but just browsing through a few pages of search results can be overwhelming.
Start by narrowing down what kind of water heaters will actually work in your home. Do you already use propane, oil, or natural gas? Water heaters can run these as well as electricity. If you want to work with your existing system, narrow your search results down to this.
Compare some models for size, cost, and efficiency. As water heaters advance, they are becoming more efficient in fuel use as well as conserving water. Both points are great for your budget and the environment.
So what types of home water heaters are available for residents of Baltimore?
Storage Water Heaters
You are most likely familiar with storage water heaters. These have large tanks and heat water throughout the day. This way water is ready for you when you need it.
Though these are common and often the more affordable option, they may not be the most efficient. These are also at fault for “running out of hot water,” as the tank can be drained before it has a chance to reheat.
Tankless Water Heaters
There is no storage involved in tankless water heaters. These are often wall mounted units. When you turn on the hot water, it runs through the unit rapidly and is heated quickly.
Benefits of tankless water heaters include saving space in your basement or utility closet and heating as much water as you need. You will not run out of hot water with these.
Solar Water Heaters
Looking for longevity? Check out solar water heaters, which have projected lifespans of about 20 years. These efficient units outperform both gas and electric water heaters.
Solar water heaters work by having components that collect thermal heat from the sun. This is stored, waiting for water to pass through. As water is pushed through the heat exchanger, it warms and is then circulated back to the collectors.
These are best for areas where the temperature stays above freezing. Save money on your hot water bill with a solar water heater system.
Hybrid or Heat Pump Water Heaters
You can save serious costs with hybrid or heat pump water heaters due to their reduction in electricity needs. Utilizing an evaporator and condenser coil, heat pump water heaters raise the temperature of the tank and heat the water.
It pulls heat directly from your home and reuses it to heat your water. This is where your savings come in.
Give Ace Plumbing a call at (410) 256-7900 for some professional advice. Not only can we help you find the right water heater, we’re prepared to assist with installation and repairs as needed.