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Cherry Hill Plumbing: Article About Selecting A Water Heater

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Whether your family is growing and your hot water needs have kept pace, or frequent guests make a reliable hot water supply a must, choose the water heating that meets your needs the best. When considering all of the different units on the market, evaluate fuel supply, heating capacity and the size of the equipment to make a choice that fits your family's lifestyle. Call your Cherry Hill plumbing contractor for expert advice.

The basic types of water heaters available each offer benefits and drawbacks, depending on your particular situation. A traditional tank heater is relatively inexpensive but takes up space and has the potential to run out of hot water. Tank heaters store water at a constant temperature until needed. They are available in capacities from 20 to 80 gallons to match to your family's hot water usage. Larger families sometimes have more than one tank water heater with each dedicated to specific sections of the home.

A tankless heater takes up less space. In fact, these slim, wall-mounted units require no floor space at all. This style of heater provides water on demand, but it typically costs more than a tank heater. Designed to instantly heat water as needed, tankless heaters run water through a coil heating system and deliver it to the source of the demand in seconds. Tankless heaters use as much as one third less energy than storage heaters. If demand exceeds the heater's capacity, however, your household could experience a hot water shortage.

Heat pump water heaters are a relatively new innovation that can save you 50 percent in energy usage over a traditional tank-style unit.

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Rather than generating heat by burning fuel, a heat pump works to transfer the heat in the air around it to your water. It uses a refrigerant to enhance the process, pressurizing the substance to increase its temperature and then transferring that warmth to the stored water in a cyclical process. The Energy Star organization estimates that using a heat pump system saves an average household around $300 annually on electricity usage. However, heat pump water heaters are more expensive than tank-style or tankless alternatives.

If you really want to cut your fuel bill, consider a solar water heating system. The most efficient roof-mounted collectors for solar water heating are evacuated tube units. These contain liquid-filled tubes that absorb solar energy for transfer to your household water tank. Because each tube is encapsulated in a vacuum tube, very little loss of energy occurs. When connected to a passive circulation system, which uses convection to transfer heated water to your storage tank, you realize an even bigger energy savings. The drawbacks of a solar water heating system include the initial cost and the weather-dependent technology. Remember, though, that your energy savings compensate for initial costs.

With several styles and profiles of water heaters to choose from, making the choice to save energy is easy. Even if you elect to replace your traditional tank heater with a new one, the increased efficiency of the new model will show up as savings on your monthly energy bill.

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