Hot Water Heaters
Understanding your choices
Hot water heaters are usually large metal cylinders found in the laundry room or basement of most homes. Some newer heaters with interesting features include tankless heaters and hybrids. The traditional design, however, is a drum full of water, with a heating mechanism on the bottom and a control to regulate hot water delivery.
What is a tankless hot water heater?
A tankless hot water heater is a water heater that provides hot water on demand rather than storing it in a tank. The benefits are efficiency, effectiveness and cost. Energy is only expended when hot water is needed. Standard water heaters with tanks often waste energy as heat is lost through poor insulation and the exhaust pipe.
What is a hybrid hot water heater?
Hybrid water heaters use technology from conventional tank heaters and tankless water heaters. Different hybrid water heaters work in different ways; some have extra pipes to warm the water quickly and efficiently and some use new technology such as fuel cells to heat water, using less energy. The key reason to consider a hybrid water heater, despite the higher up-front investment, is the savings it provides due to increased efficiency.
At what temperature should I set my hot water heater?
Normally, the available temperature range for a water heater’s thermostat is 120 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Most manufacturers recommend 110 to 120 degrees – hot enough for household use but not so hot that it can pose a burn risk. If you have children, it’s a good idea to stay closer to the lower end of the range.
I need a hot water heater. How do I get started?
Similar to other home heating systems, your hot water heater can be powered by different fuels and technologies. There are gas and oil-fired heaters. There are electric heaters and there are indirect models which draw on another heating system. Your Valley Energy consultant can help you navigate the choices to select a model and technology that works best for your home and family. Contact us today.