The Basics of Water Heating

Everyone loves a nice, steaming hot shower. Whether you take one straight out of bed as a way to wake up, or if you take one at the end of a long day to help you relax, the luxury is unparalleled. Have some extra time on your hands? Why not enjoy a bath! Before you settle in for this relaxation you better check and make sure you have plenty of hot water. Nothing will turn a good morning bad, like having icy, cold water dumped on you while in the shower.

Storage Water Heaters

Storage, or tank-type water heaters are one of the most common types of water heater. If you have ever gone peeking in the garage or closet of a home, you have probably seen a storage water heater.  They usually looking like long white cylinders, standing on their end, connected to a series of pipes. Storage water heaters work by heating a large amount of water, typically 20-100 gallons, and storing it for future use. If the temperature of the stored water drops slightly, the heater will kick back on and reheat it. A drawback of storage waters heaters is that, when their contents is depleted, it takes a significant amount of time for the hot water to replenish.

Tankless Heaters

Tankless water heaters are quickly becoming a popular alternative to storage water heaters. They maintain a continuous flow of water which is heated almost instantly by high-power heat exchangers, which are usually made of copper. Using a tankless homeowners hope to have a continuous, nearly endless source of hot water. In some situations, tankless water heaters can even bring about some energy savings, as they only kick on when the need for hot water is immediate. By tracking your homes hot water use, you can determine whether a tankless water heater may be right for you.

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