Water heaters are vital in a home. As long as there is hot water and it’s working, we don’t really think about it too hard. It’s good to have the knowledge on different types of water heaters, especially when you’re in the market for one.
There are 4 types of water heaters:
1. Tank-Type Water Heater
This type of water heater can be powered by either gas or electricity. Gas models come with a higher start-up cost but are cheaper to run, while electric ones are the opposite. Please note however that electric models are much more efficient and carry a higher energy factor rating. They are offered in several sizes ranging from 75 to 300 litres. However, 150-200 litres should be sufficient for most households.
You may be asking ok well how does it work? Cold water enters the bottom of the tank and is then heated by gas or water depending on your model. A built-in thermostat is what maintains the temperature of the water and thus when called upon the hot water is pumped out from the top of the tank through your home’s hot-water pipes.
There are some downsides to this type of water heater as they constantly burn energy in order to maintain the correct temperature. Have you ever travelled to Europe and stayed in a house where more than one person used the shower and you eventually notice that there isn’t anymore cold water? That is due to a tank-type water heater. Since they only hold a limited supply of water, during high demand periods you may not have enough hot water to go around.
2. Tank-Less Water Heater
These models are more compact and smaller. They are mainly referred to as “on demand” water heaters as they have no storage tank. Once a faucet requires hot water, cold water is drawn through the unit and is warmed using an internal heat exchanger. This can be either electric or gas. Thus, these have an approximate 34% less energy consumption than conventional models due to no storage tank and only heating the water once it is called upon. Another added benefit is an unlimited supply of hot water. Remember how we shared our Europe trip experience on the tank-type water heater? These are the solution! They are also really durable and usually last twice as long as other water heaters before needing a replacement.
3. Hybrid Water Heater
Hybrid models are electrical and use approximately 60% less energy than other types of water heaters. Heat from the room where the heater sits is captured and transferred into the cold water in the tank. That cold water is then turned into the correct temperature of water using a compact compressor and evaporator coil.
Hybrid models cost nearly twice as much as other types of water heaters and thus may not be suitable for everyone’s budget. However, most households can recoup their higher start-up costs within 3-4 years through the approximately 60% savings in their electricity bills.
4. Point-of-Use Water Heater
These are also compact, however they are installed near fixtures which may be a bit far from the main water heater. You can sometimes find these in vanity cabinets. It provides an instantaneous flow of hot water on-demand. Extremely reliable machines that are durable and efficient. Maybe you only have one sink where you require hot water, then this is the ultimate solution for you. Cost effective, efficient, compact, and reliable. What more can you ask for?
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Water filtration systems are highly recommended in one’s household if you’d simply prefer cleaner water. With the use of a water filtration system, the following are removed from your water before consumption: bacteria, algae, fungi, chlorine, odours from sulfur, chlorine, and chloramine, cloudy appearance which is usually caused by materials in the groundwater, and so forth.
The advantages to using a water filtration system:
Smell: The use of a filtration system will allow for your chemical-free water to taste and smell better.
Convenience: Purified water delivered directly to your tap, anywhere in your home. If you currently filter your water through other manual means then you will appreciate that you don’t need to constantly refill that Britta water filter, replace filters in your fridge or jug, and so forth. Imagine washing your hair…brushing your teeth, clothes, etc. all chemical-free and purified. Simple solution: whole house water filtration.
Cost Effective: Although there is a higher upfront cost, it has lower maintenance costs. If you’re looking to implement a whole house water filtration system then you probably use your manual filtration systems quite often. Replacing those filters, the time to wait for the water to filter, cleaning multiple jugs, and so forth all adds cost and time. On the other hand, a whole house filtration system has a single-source to maintain.
The disadvantages to using a water filtration system:
High Upfront Cost:
Although the system will cost you less long term, it is mindful to note that there is a higher upfront cost which the consumer needs to swallow. The prices vary but each filtration system has its pros and cons. It is important to research exactly what type of filtration system you’d like in your household prior to making a purchasing decision. You may research NSF-certified (https://info.nsf.org/Certified/dwtu/) water purification systems in order to see how each one functions.
You Can’t Pick and Choose:
Whole home water filtration, as the name suggests will filter all the taps in your home. You can’t pick which taps you’d like purified and which you would not like purified. The other option would be to purchase tap purifiers, however it is completely your decision the route you wish to take.
Whole home water filtration systems remove fluoride as well, which is usually intentionally put into water supplies to protect your teeth. Although it is not so much of a disadvantage since all the bad chemicals are being taken out, we thought it would still be noteworthy.
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