Replacing your home’s water heater with a more efficient model will help you save energy and prevent an unexpected, costly breakdown. You’ll have plenty of time to explore your options and choose the best version, and you’ll eventually get your investment back through lower utility bills. A new unit can also increase the value of your Apple Valley, California, home. Consider the following efficient water heaters for your home.
Every time you turn on your hot water, a tankless or on-demand water heater will send cold water through a series of coils close to a gas or electric heat source. Tankless units only operate when the water is on, so they can lower your utility bills. You can also use the space where a tank would normally sit for storage. A tankless water heater can’t produce large amounts of hot water every minute, so you may need two units if you have a large family.
Heat pump water heaters use a small heat pump on top of a storage tank. They’re more efficient than most water heaters, but they need more space for their heat pumps. You could need a ceiling up to 7 feet high, and you should have this type of water heater installed in an unconditioned place. That way, it can easily transfer heat from the outside air to the water in its tank.
Hybrid models with a backup gas or electric heat source are available as well. The backup works when the weather is too cold for the heat pump to be efficient.
Condensing Natural Gas Units
Condensing natural gas water heaters blow their exhaust gases through a coil that acts as a secondary heat source. Standard gas units blow hot gases through a flue instead, so they have to use more energy.
If you need water heater service or want more information about efficient water heaters, call Clemmer Services Heating & Air Conditioning at 760-208-4930.
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