Conventional, Tankless or Hybrid Hot Water Heater, Which One is Right for You?
It’s easy to take for granted the convenience of hot water when we need it, especially, when it comes to showering or baths. That said, when you have higher water use resulting from numerous family members in your home, it’s important to have the appropriate type of hot water heater that can reliably supply hot water to meet your needs.
Therefore, when it comes time to replace your aging home’s hot water heater, here in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, you’ll have 3 types from which to choose.
Types of Hot Water Heaters
Conventional Water Heater
A conventional hot water heater is perhaps the most popular type of water heater found in residential use. This type of water heater utilizes a large tubular tank to store water. This stored water is then heated by either gas or electric energy. An energy-efficient conventional water heater can save you up to 7 percent on your water heating costs.
Tankless Water Heater
As the name implies, a tankless water heater has no tank. Therefore, a tankless water heater, unlike a conventional hot water heater, heats up water as it is needed. Thus, you essentially have immediate access to an unlimited amount of hot water. A tankless heater can also be powered by either gas or electric energy. Tankless water heaters also tend to have a longer lifespan and are even more energy efficient than conventional water heaters, with a potential savings of up to 30 percent on energy costs.
Hybrid Water Heater
A hybrid hot water heater is one that uses both the tank storage of a conventional water heater and a heat pump and uses your existing water and electrical system. In this way, a hybrid system can save up to 60 percent on your water heating costs. That’s because the hybrid water heater uses a heat pump to help heat the water so that its heating elements turn on less frequently. When the heat pump absorbs heat from the air (via the process of heat exchange), heat is absorbed from outside of the water heater itself. This heat is then released into the tank to raises the temperature of the water.
Which Type of Hot Water Heater is Right for Me?
There is no universal answer when it comes to determining which type of hot water heater is best for you and your family. It boils downs to a number of basic considerations.
- Your Available Fuel Source
- Your Budget
- Energy Efficiency