Choosing the source of hot water in your home may seem simple, but there are many choices on the market thanks to advances in technology. Should you choose a conventional tank heater, or go with a tankless model? Is initial investment an important factor, or are you interested in a long-term savings strategy? Home Comfort sells and services water heaters regularly, so we are happy to share some of our strategies with you.
The most common water heating method on the market today is still the traditional storage tank-style water heater. In this type of water heater, the water stored in the tank is ready for use throughout the house, but will lose heat while sitting unused. Installation is cheap, but it typically uses more energy than other methods. In this case, installing a well-insulated tank can make a world of difference. When choosing a tank-style water heater, look for R12 through R15 insulation classifications.
If long-term energy savings is a priority, then a demand water heater, also known as a “tankless” water heater, is a better option. These models use the same energy sources as the storage tank heaters, but instead of storing hot water, they heat the water on demand and send it throughout the building. There is no energy being lost from a storage tank, but it also means that there can be a limit to the amount of water that can be used at once. Check out our website to learn more about our tankless water heater offerings, where you’ll find links to product specifications and available models.
Other types of efficient systems are available, such as solar or geothermal heating systems. Whatever method you choose, it is always important to choose an Energy Star-approved system and a licensed contractor like Home Comfort to install it.