Our team of skilled Bryant technicians and master plumbers will tell you that, like your furnace and A/C, your water heater is essential to your daily living. If yours ever goes out, you’ll know it—your showers will be uncomfortably cold, and dishes and clothing may not be as clean when washed in freezing-cold water. That’s why it’s important to invest in a reliable system that performs year-in and year-out. To help you understand which water heater is right for your home, our seasoned plumbers are sharing the top types to consider:
- Storage tanks are the most common type of water heater. These systems heat and store water—between 20 and 80 gallons—in the insulated tank until it’s needed for showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry. These systems typically operate on natural gas, use less energy, and cost less to run than their electric counterparts. However, because storage tanks maintain a desired temperature, there may be some energy lost.
- Tankless systems are smaller and more energy-efficient than storage tanks because they heat water on demand rather than holding it. This can limit your hot water flow—between two and five gallons per minute—making them ideal for households where water-drawing systems are only used one at a time. Tankless units run on either gas or electricity and are some of the most energy-efficient options available.
- Heat pumps capture heat energy from the air and use it to heat water rather than relying on fuel to generate the heat. Heat pumps cost more than electric water heaters, but are more energy-efficient, so you will see a return on your investment in a shorter period. These systems are the ideal choice for homeowners who have or are considering having a heat pump installed in their home to also meet their heating and cooling needs. The system can work as your water heater, too.
- Solar water heaters use a roof-mounted solar panel to absorb the sun’s heat and transfer it to a closed loop that runs water to your tank. You’ll benefit from incredible savings during the summer when sunshine is most abundant, but it will be less efficient on cold, cloudy days. It can take between 10 to 30 years to see a return on your purchase, but tax credits are typically available to help in the meantime.
- Condensing units are a good choice if you heat with gas and require more than a 55-gallon capacity. These systems resemble storage tank water heaters because they store water, but they operate by absorbing commonly wasted exhaust gases. Absorbing the exhaust gases allows cold water to absorb heat more efficiently, with less waste.
In addition to system type, you should also consider fuel source, energy-efficiency, and size, which our expert plumbers can help you with. You need a system that fits your hot water needs—otherwise, you may struggle with an inadequate hot water supply or sky-high water bills. Contact us online or give us a call at 763-473-2267 if you have any questions about your plumbing system or would like to schedule an appointment.
Bonus Water Heater Facts
- The average household uses 64 gallons of water per day
- Roughly 27 million households in the U.S. have water heaters that are 10+ years old
- Federal Tax Credits are usually available when you select energy-efficient systems
- Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets can save you 20-60 percent on water bills
- The Environmental Protection Agency recommends you set your water heater at 120 degrees