Types of Hot Water Heaters
Depending on the type of energy services you receive at home (and their respective costs) – natural gas, propane, electric – you can expect to have one of two common types of hot water heaters in your home:
Hot Water Storage Tanks
The traditional storage tank is the most common type of water heater you will find in BC homes today. The type and cost of the energy supplied to your home will determine whether there is an electric or gas water heater in your basement.
Hot water tanks are typically well-insulated steel cylinders in which water is heated and stored until needed. Yours may be electric and heat water via elements inside the tank, or it could be gas powered and have a burner lit by a pilot light that heats water from the bottom up.
Tankless Water Heaters
New to the market and becoming increasingly popular are tankless on-demand water heaters. Through the use of a powerful heat exchanger, a tankless water heater eliminates the need for a large storage tank. The sophisticated and powerful inline heating system heats the water almost instantly to the preset temperature that you have specified. This creates an endless supply of hot water.
The upfront cost of a tankless water heater (in comparison to a standard hot water tank) can be a bit off putting to some. A notable benefit to consider is that tankless water systems can reduce your energy costs by about 30% as well as last 5-10 years longer.
Something Less Conventional…
There are less conventional options available for your home water heater, such as a solar water heater or electric heat pump.