Alongside modern air-conditioners and heaters, water heaters are like the unrecognized heroes that make all the comforts of modern life possible. And nothing makes that evidently more clear than when your water heater breaks!
Choosing a water heater on short notice can often be annoying and feel complicated. Fortunately, that doesn't have to be the case! Below are the most common forms of powered water heaters in use in most modern homes.
Conventional Storage Water Heaters
This is the most common form of water heater. The way it works is by maintaining a stored quantity of water, and keeping it piping hot and ready for use at a moment's notice. They are inexpensive, they have a large capacity, and they can be mounted and stored in a variety of locations. Basement, garage, hallway closet-- you name it.
Their downsides are the fact that they can only keep a finite amount of hot water ready for on-demand use. If you use it up, you'll have to wait 30 to 60 minutes for it to fully heat a new batch.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters function by heating cold water with a heating element—either gas or electric—and bringing the heated water straight to you in real-time. This is the greatest strength of tankless water heating systems: by eliminating the need for a tank, you get to enjoy endless streams of hot water on tap. The hot water won't suddenly abandon you halfway through your shower, and energy consumption is drastically lower, since there's no need to keep 50 gallons of water at near-boiling temperature 24/7. They also require far less space due to the lack of a tank. Instead, their minimal footprint is reduced to a simple mounting on a wall. The main downside is that tankless systems are generally much more expensive, and require a larger investment up front. They also have limits to how fast they can heat the flow, which can make things awkward if multiple people try to use a separate shower simultaneously.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump heaters heat their stored water with heat captured from the air in the environment around it. This method of heating is significantly more efficient than the conventional heater. However, that efficiency comes at a price. Their largest drawbacks are the fact that the technology requires a lot of room and clearance for proper air circulation. And since they require warm air to work in the first place, they also fair rather badly in cold regions. Contact a company like Bertolino Mike & Co for more information.