Water Heater Technology for The Home
Water heater technology has advanced the last 10 years with several options to consider besides the conventional electric or gas tank water heater. Tank water heaters store 20-80 gallons of hot water and are relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. However, because they must maintain a large volume of heated water, they can be more costly to operate. Newer technology is designed to address some of the shortcomings of the traditional water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. A gas burner or electric element heats the cold water as it passes through the water heater. Households that require a lot of hot water can benefit the from a virtually endless supply of hot water. One downside to tankless water heaters is they typically cost more to purchase and install, although they can last longer than conventional tank water heaters if properly maintained. Another disadvantage of tankless water heaters is they can take longer to heat the water initially when the tap is first turned on.
Hybrid Water Heaters
Hybrid water heaters are designed to combine the benefits of a conventional tank water heater and a tankless water heater. They have a small storage tank that provides an initial supply of hot water, then heats cold water on demand with a heating element similar to a tankless water heater.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters distribute heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly to providing hot water.
Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters use the sun’s heat to heat water. A roof-mounted solar collector absorbs the sun’s heat and stores it in a special fluid that circulates in a closed-loop system that heats water in a tank.
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