For the longest time, property owners contended with high water heating costs. They, after all, had little or no alternatives to lower their energy expenses while still getting hot water. The eco-sustainability push that has impacted the functioning of different appliances has thankfully not spared the water heating sector. You can now install several implements to your electric or gas heater to boost your energy savings. These include smart thermostats, heat traps, insulated water heating tanks, and tankless water heaters.
Other than these options for gas and electric water heaters in Orem and other areas, there now exists advanced water heaters. These water heaters use inexpensive and recyclable sources of heat instead of solely relying on the costly gas and electric power. Here are your advanced water heater options.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
These use electric power to transfer heat from one location to another rather than heating your water directly. The heat source for these heaters is outside air or the air circulating where the heater is located. A compressor and refrigerant fluid will move the heat to an insulated storage tank. This heat will, in turn, warm the water in the tank. You can get the heat pump water heaters as add-ons to your existing electric water heater or as integral units. Either way, these water heaters use approximately a third of the power that an electric water heater needs for water heating.
Hybrid Gas Water Heaters
These, in general, denote all water heaters with storage capacities of at least two gallons but less storage than their required output capacity. Hybrid gas water heaters have smaller condensing burners compared to those of tankless units. Having a small burner means you will not need new gas lines to retrofit the heaters into your property. The heaters also have only enough storage for their first hour ratings. This minimizes the heat loss in stored hot water leading to energy wastage.
Indirect Water Heaters
These use your boiler as their primary heat source. The heat from the boiler is circulated through coils to heat your water which is then stored in a separate insulated tank. Your boiler need not to be turned off and on regularly to heat your water since the tank is insulated thus boosting the heater’s fuel efficiency. The heaters have electronic controls that will trigger the flow of heat from your boiler should the water’s temperature fall below a preset reading.
Solar Water Heaters
These use solar energy for the heating of your water. Your climate, the roof’s orientation, and your home’s required water output are among the variables tasked to determine how much you will save with a solar water heater. These heaters are, however, particularly effective when used for three-season water heating with your conventional heater providing hot water for winter months.
The above heaters guarantee a sufficient hot water supply for your home while minimizing the costs of the fuel needed to heat it. As such, they avert the need for contending with freezing water for various residential uses to reduce your energy expenses. They should, however, be installed and maintained by professional plumbers to ensure they are safe and efficient.