If you have recently replaced any of the appliances in your home, you may have noticed that newer appliance models often tend to offer higher energy efficiency. You could say the same for water heaters: the industry has come a long way in the past couple of decades. So if you have an older water heater, you may be surprised at the newer options available.
Replacing your old water heater is not just a matter of getting a similar model with less wear and tear on it. Instead, you can use your water heater shopping experience as a way to find a unit with more features that suits your needs better.
Here are three ways modern water heaters offer better performance and efficiency.
1. Different Types of Heaters
A couple of decades ago, the traditional holding tank model of water heater was the main type available on the US market. Now, however, several other options exist that you can choose from, based on your values, priorities, and your home's individual needs. These options may heat the water differently, offer more convenience, or operate without a tank.
For example, if you have an unfinished basement, choosing a heat pump water heater could be a great way to save energy. These appliances pull heat from the surrounding air to heat your water, which is a much more energy-efficient heating method.
Alternatively, if you have a large house with pipes that run through an uninsulated crawl space, you may lose a lot of heat before the water gets to your furthest bathroom. Installing a small supplementary point-of-use tankless heater at the far end of the house could reduce this energy loss and provide fresher, hotter water.
2. More Insulation
You may have heard that if you buy a new water heater, it may not fit in the old water heater closet even if it is the same size tank. That is because newer water heaters come with more insulation. This reduces heat loss from the holding tank, which means your energy use is lower overall.
The reason for the additional insulation is because the national energy standards have been raised. This particular standard change happened in 2015. In addition, Energy Star water heaters have even higher standards than national standards. Many of the Energy Star heaters use inventive features to reduce energy use.
3. New Technology and Features
Newly developed water heater technology and features add convenience, efficiency, and eco-friendliness. For example, coilless technology, used in tankless water heaters, heats water indirectly.
Some hot water systems can even learn your hot water use habits and then only run the recirculation loop when it predicts you will need hot water. Some other recent innovations in the field include self-cleaning features and solar-powered water heaters. Of course, newer technologies tend to be more expensive at first but may be worth the extra cost for eco-conscious consumers.
These are just three ways in which the field of modern water heaters has progressed in recent years to offer you more advanced, higher-performance water heating for your home. Whether you want convenience, extreme efficiency, or a balance between the two, an ideal water-heating unit is out there for you.
First Choice Plumbing Solutions can help you choose, install, and maintain a water heater for any type of home. Whether you want a new water heater already or whether you are not sure if yours needs replaced yet or not, we would love to offer our professional help. Feel free to give us a call anytime to learn more about our services, ask questions, or schedule an emergency visit.