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New Water Heater Options for Your Home

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

It may seem as though replacing a water heater is a fairly straightforward process, but there are actually several different systems available on the market today, and any one of them may be best suited for your particular needs. While a traditional tank model is reliable and inexpensive, tankless and solar units can help you to save quite a bit of money over the years. Learn more about the different types of water heaters in Anthem in today’s guide.

Traditional Storage Tank Water Heaters

The design of a storage tank takes advantage of the most basic scientific principles, such as that heat rises. Using a small burner or electric heating elements, the water heats up at the bottom of a large tank and then rises to the top, where an outlet pipe carries it to your faucets and showers.

The traditional storage tank water heater remains the most common type of unit that homeowners have installed in the United States, even with so many other options now available. This is because they are generally reliable, lasting for many years with few breakdowns in most cases (especially when they receive annual maintenance from a skilled plumber).

Efficient Tankless Units

There are a couple of issues commonly discussed with storage tank water heaters, however, that the design of a tankless unit aims to address. For one thing, tankless water heater units take up much less space that traditional units. Also, storage tank water heaters must remain hot throughout the day, using up a lot of energy to do so. With a tankless unit, a computer powers up the system as soon as it detects that a hot water tap has been turned on and then shuts off immediately afterwards. This saves homeowners money over time, and allows them to feel better about their environmental impact.

Solar-Powered Heaters

Solar-powered water heaters draw from the reliable thermal energy of the sun. A solar collector installed on the rooftop gathers thermal radiation as a refrigerant pumps from the collector to the hot water tank. As it runs through a heat exchanger, water is heated and stored for future use. This is one of the most efficient, environmentally-sound forms of heating available.

Call Butter Plumbing to talk to a professional installer to help you understand more about your options for water heaters in Anthem.