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A Detailed Guide to the Different Types of Water Heaters

A Detailed Guide to the Different Types of Water Heaters

Selecting a new water heater for your home can be quite a challenge, especially with the many factors you should consider first. For example, you need to take your household size into account because the heater should be able to accommodate the number of people in your home.

That said, there are various kinds of hot water heaters in the market right now–each with their own unique pros and cons. In this blog, we will talk about the different kinds of water heaters and how they compare to tankless water heaters.

On Demand Water Heater vs. Tank Water Heater

The most common type of water heater is the tank water heater, also known as a conventional water heater. This system includes an insulated hot water tank where water is heated and stored until it’s needed.

A tankless water heater or on demand water heater, as the name implies, directly delivers hot water to your home from the main water supply. There’s no need for a bulky tank to keep your hot water.

Tank water heaters generally last for 10 to 12 years but a tankless water heater installation can perform well for as long as 20 and even up to 30 years.

Tankless Hot Water Heater vs. Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters (also called hybrid water heaters) obtain heat from the ground or air and transfer it to the water. Compared to a standard electric hot water heater, they cost higher upfront. The main advantage from a hybrid is they consume 60% less energy so homeowners can enjoy substantial savings from their energy bills.

A gas tankless water heater can work well in the outdoors or sub-zero temperatures. This is where a hybrid water heater falls behind as it cannot perform optimally in cold spaces.

Instant Hot Water Heater vs. Solar Powered Water Heater

A Detailed Guide to the Different Types of Water Heaters1A solar powered heater depends on roof-mounted panels as its main source of energy. The energy from the sun is transferred to a system with a heat-conductive material responsible for heating water in the storage tank. This system is ideal for places with a warm and sunny climate.

An instant water heater doesn’t use a tank so there is less maintenance required. Because the solar powered system has a tank, it needs regular cleaning to prevent corrosion and eliminate scale.

Electric Tankless Water Heater vs. Condensing Water Heater

Condensing water heaters are similar to a conventional tank water heater. The only difference is they capture hot exhaust gases and blow them through a coil in the base of the unit, where water coming from the main supply can absorb heat.

Despite its great energy efficiency benefits, a condensing system is not easily available in smaller models. It’s the opposite for tankless water heaters, which typically appeal more to homeowners because they don’t require too much space.

A high-efficiency instant water heater is a must-have for every home. It’s one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make so be sure to choose one that perfectly fits your needs. If you’re not sure which type of water heater to select, always seek advice from a certified professional. They can guide you through the selection process–down to the installation, repair, and maintenance of your unit.