The how to of finding water heaters did not used to exist. All one had to do when the water heater broke down was to call the utility company and ask them to replace it. The cost of the service and the tank were added to the bill at the end of the month. There was no other way to go about it.
The current market has changed all that. There are many kinds, sizes, installation requirements and price ranges from $10,000 clear down to $20.00. Gas or electricity is usually a question to be asked up front. Electricity only homes can use propane burning units. Even when gas is available, the homeowner may prefer electricity. Energy efficiency is available for both electric and gas units, and tax credits can be applied for from the government on the federal level.
Once home size, household member number, and appliances using hot water are determined, demand levels can be calculated. With more use, a larger tank may be needed. Units that run on natural gas or propane heat the water more quickly, but also cool down quickly. Tanks that use electricity may require more time for heating, but the heat lasts longer.
Tank-less varieties available are considered to be more cost effective due to water being heated only when it is used. These also come in a variety of sizes, and prices range from more than $1,000 down to $100.00 and they are available in both gas or electric models. Systems made with tank storage also come in various styles, sizes, and shapes. They are available for commercial and residential dwellings. Companies vary in their designs and points of sale, but most operate under the principle of liquid being held in the tank heated to a certain temperature, then when the tank is emptied, a new batch is heated.
Tanks made with solar panels or units that run on geothermal power are also available, using environmental heat that is harvested. Geothermal units have a compressor that brings in heat, then puts it into coils that run through a condenser and wrap inside the tank. Once the water is heated, air is released into the home that is cool. A higher demand may be put on the heater in the winter; however, during the summer, the cool air is nice.
The how to of finding water heaters is not as simple as in the past, rather time, effort, and study are required. Endless options and more energy savings are possible than ever before. The utility company may not need to be called, but a simple trip to the local store where hardware is sold may suffice. Install it yourself, save on energy and cost, and enjoy that hot water you get as a result.