There are many types of hot water heaters on the market – from the simplest traditional tank systems to the newest high end tankless models designed to use less energy. If you currently own a hot water heater that needs to be replaced or you’re moving into a new home that needs a hot water system, you have quite a few options.
If you live in the Washington, DC area and you’re interested in learning more about the various water heater options available today, call Service Doctors. Our water heater technicians can help select a system that will work best for your home and budget and then have it installed in your home in no time.
Did you know that your water heater is typically the third largest energy user in your home? If you need to replace your current water heater, there are many energy efficient models available today that can help you save money every month on your utility bills. Each water heater has an EF (Energy Factor) rating which tells you how efficiently it converts energy into heat. For more information about how to find the right water heater for your home’s needs, give us a call today!
Tank Hot Water Heaters
The simplest type of hot water heater is tank system. Tank based water heating involves a single tank, operated with gas, oil, or electric heat. These tanks must be carefully selected based on efficiency and the individual home’s hot water needs. The newest tank models will last for many years and require only a minimal amount of maintenance, some of which can even be done by homeowners themselves.
To select a good tank water heater, you must first measure the total hot water needs of your home. This requires careful estimation of how much water you need in any one hour. A professional can help make these measurements.
Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are relatively popular right now because they allow you to heat only the water you need. They apply heat directly to the water supply, turning on only when needed. When someone turns on a hot water tap somewhere, the system will turn on and heat water for as long as the tap is active.
While a tankless hot water system costs more to install, it saves a lot of money on monthly energy bills over the long run and doesn’t require combustible fuel to operate. It’s a powerful solution for anyone that wants to reduce their carbon footprint and save money by eliminating the need to pay for energy that keeps water hot inside a tank, whether it’s being used or not.
Solar Hot Water Heaters
The third option on the market and one that is growing in popularity is solar hot water. Solar water heaters require a solar heat collector on your roof. That heat collector gathers energy from the sun and passes it to water or coolant in pipes on the roof. If you choose a direct heating system, water is circulated to the roof to gather heat and then carried to your fixtures for use. An indirect system uses coolant like antifreeze to carry heat from the solar collector to a heat exchanger in a tank. In the heat exchanger, the coolant passes the heat it gathered to your water supply.
The best thing about solar water heaters is that they can be used in conjunction with solar air conditioners to provide cooling to your home in the summer. These systems are slightly more expensive, but for places with high cooling costs, the added benefit of solar power for both hot water and cooling can save you quite a bit of money over time.
Choosing a Professional You Can Trust
Whether you need to replace your current water heater or you simply need to have your unit serviced, contact Service Doctors today. Our Washington D.C. area water heater technicians can provide you with a full range of hot water solutions that will save you money and keep you comfortable.