Today there are multiple choices for your home’s new water heater – from tankless to boilers to traditional hot water tanks. If you are in the market for a new water heater, take some time to do the research and explore your options. That way you can ensure you get the appliance that benefits your house, the environment and of course, your budget. As your trusted local plumbers in Edmonton, we can help you make the right choice.
What Types of Water Heaters Are There?
There are three main types of water heaters available to consumers that your Edmonton plumbing company can install. These include:
- Storage Water Tanks – These are the most common water tank heaters used in homes. They consist of an insulated tank that heats and stores water until it is needed. The water tank has a temperature and pressure relief valve located on the outside. It uses natural gas or electricity, but natural gas will use less energy and cost less to run than electric models. However, gas models will cost more than electric models upfront.
- Tankless or On-Demand Water Heaters – Instead of storing large volumes of heated water, tankless units have heating coils that heat water as it is demanded by your home. They are more energy-efficient, but are limited to a flow of 3.5 gallons of hot water per minute. They are ideal for those that do not draw hot water from multiple sources at once (such as running your shower and a dishwasher at the same time). Tankless models are ideal for homes with natural gas, while electric models require expensive upgrades.
- Heat Pump Water Heater – These capture heat from the air and transfer it to the water. They use less energy than tankless and traditional water heaters, but cost more upfront. They do not work well in very cold spaces and need to stay in an area that maintains a temperature between 40 and 90 degrees (4.4º–32.2ºC). Hybrids will need seven feet of clearance from the floor to the ceiling as well to capture enough heat from the air. They also need a drain installed nearby to discharge the condensate.
Always Plumbing & Heating is your dependable plumbing company in Edmonton. We can help you find and install the perfect water heater for your home. Whether you have natural gas, propane, electricity or a heat pump, we will help you draw hot water in your home in the most efficient way possible.
Call the experts in water heaters in Edmonton at Always Plumbing & Heating today. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 780-489-8118 or contact us online.