If your water heater just isn’t cutting it anymore, it may be a good idea to look into getting it replaced. Homeowners have several water heater options to choose from, each varying in cost and efficiency. By examining the traits of water heaters more closely, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on what can be a big investment.
Gas powered water heaters tend to cost much less to purchase and maintain than electric or solar but will provide limited energy savings throughout the year. Tankless water heaters using gas power may cost more, but the energy savings and efficiency is drastically better than some other options. One major drawback to tankless heaters, though, is its inability to carry hot water to different faucets in the home at the same time.
Water heaters that rely on electric power are not only less expensive than many gas models, but the energy efficiency tends to be better as well. Second only to solar panels, electric water heaters can provide the most amount of energy savings over time. Heat pumps are efficient for heating water as well as conditioning spaces. Other electric water heaters include the tankless or high efficiency storage models, both of which offer better water heating savings than standard models.
A solar water heater can save a tremendous amount of money on utility costs and also contribute to reducing your home’s environmental impact. Solar water heaters won’t work as well in areas that tend toward more more overcast conditions. Many homeowners with solar water heaters get around this problem by keeping an extra electric or gas water heater around, ready to be used when the sun is obscured by weather.
With water heating taking up 15 percent of many homes’ energy consumption, purchasing a new water heater is a great way to save money. Once you’ve found the right one for you, contact a local professional for more information on installation. From Clarkston to Rochester Hills, and everywhere in between, Aladdin Heating & Cooling continues to be HVAC leaders in Michigan. Talk to a professional staff member today by calling 1-800-762-0079.
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