Posted on: 6 October 2017Share
Choosing a water heater is a difficult decision because no choice is without pros and cons. Thinking about your current hot water needs can help you make a decision that is appropriate for your family and lifestyle.
If you live alone or possibly with another adult, your water usage may be on the lower end and can be compatible with a tankless system. Generally, the pitfalls of tankless systems are they do not hold water, so the water must be heated on demand, and they cannot handle the distribution of hot water to multiple appliances. In a small household, it may be less of a problem to shower and not run a washing machine or dishwasher simultaneously. Since tankless systems work on demand, they generally consume less energy than ones with a storage tank. For larger families, especially those with children, you will need a storage tank, and you may need one with a higher capacity. For families with high hot water demands, a condensing water heater might be a better option.
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Even smaller families may have significant water demands if they frequently use the washing machine and/or dishwasher. In this case, there are ways to gain the benefits of a tankless system, while still having enough hot water. The best-case scenario is to have more than one tankless system installed, even though the upfront costs will be significant. Have one system that is used to provide water throughout the home for bathing and faucets, while the other system can be strictly used to provide hot water to large appliances, such as the washing machine and dishwasher. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize hot water as needed, while continuing to do chores around the house. Since both units continue to work on-demand, the long-term savings may continue to be better than a traditional storage system.
Depending on your environment and the typical weather patterns, you may be willing to invest in updated technology for your water heater. Warmer climates that do not typically experience harsh winters may benefit from utilizing solar energy as part of their water heating system. Using a solar system will require at least one solar panel on your roof. You will also have a backup system for days when it is not sunny enough to capture energy or your demand exceeds your energy reserve. Your backup system may take the form of a battery, or the unit may run as a typical gas or electric system when needed. With more homes attempting to take advantage of the trend toward clean energy, using solar energy for hot water is a good trial run before trying solar energy for larger energy needs, such as electricity.
The choice you make for your water heater will affect your life for years to come. Making the right decision can prevent significant inconveniences and frustration. Contact a company like Central Heating & Cooling Inc to learn more.