There are five types of water heaters you can have installed in your home. Each has advantages and disadvantages, and the technicians at Levine & Sons can help you make the right decision for your budget, home and situation. Water heaters also come in many different sizes and finding the right size for you can save money in the long run. Remember, bigger is not always better.
Regular Vent Gas Water Heaters
This style of water heater is most common and is also known as a gravity venting water heater. They are among the most inexpensive models available, and regular vent water heaters have a tank usually sized between 40 and 75 gallons. They require a chimney to vent out the carbon monoxide and you must have a properly positioned chimney to install a regular venting water heater.
Power Vent Gas Water Heaters
For those without a chimney, or a chimney that is not accessible, a power vent water heater may be installed. Power vent style water heaters typically ventilate through the sidewall of your house. The “power” comes from a blower fan that sits on top of the heater itself. This fan blows the carbon monoxide through the sidewall vent, but because of the blower, power vent water heaters are slightly more expensive than regular (or gravity) venting water heaters.
High Efficiency Gas Water Heaters
High efficiency water heaters are slightly more costly at the outset, but they can save you money in the long run. Water in the tank heats with greater efficiency than other water heaters and can save 10-20 percent of expended energy over the heater’s lifespan.
Tankless Gas Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are relatively new to the United States. With tankless (or on demand) water heaters, water is not kept warm within; rather, it is heated on demand. Like power vents or high efficiency furnaces, they can ventilate through a sidewall, meaning there is no need for a chimney.
Pros of Tankless Water Heaters
- Tankless water heaters are small and save space compared to conventional models
- They are extremely energy efficient compared to conventional models
- Tankless water heaters offer an unlimited supply of hot water
Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
- Tankless have a higher yearly maintenance cost than conventional models
- They can be more expensive to install than conventional models
- Typically homeowners will not offset the installation costs with energy savings
Levine & Sons is happy to determine if a tankless model is right for you.
Hybrid Water Heaters
Hybrid water heaters have the efficiency of a tankless heater, while delivering an unlimited supply of hot water.
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If it is time for a new water heater at your home or office, call Levine & Sons today. We are happy to help you find the best model and size available for your needs. For any plumbing job, large or small, call Levine & Sons.