Griffin’s Grover Beach plumbing pros know what to consider when it comes to choosing the right water heater for you. These factors include everything from initial cost to size, energy efficiency, and fuel type.
Tankless water heaters are a popular energy-efficient option. This type of water heater uses intense flashes of heat against water-filled coils to heat water quickly as needed as opposed to storing water.
It’s important to know that tankless water heaters need to be descaled once a year to operate at their best. While more expensive than a conventional water heater, they save money in the long run because of how energy efficient they are.
Note that tankless water heaters are most suitable for homes using natural gas to heat water. Electric models may require an upgrade of your home’s electrical capacity.
Tankless units can absolutely be sized to provide a continuous flow of hot water, perfect for large families.
Conventional Storage Tank
Looking for the most common type of water heater? Look no further. Like the name says, this type of water heater is made up of an insulated tank that heats and stores water until needed. It contains a temperature and pressure relief valve, which will open to relieve pressure if the unit reaches 15o psi or 210 degree Fahrenheit in the tank.
Natural gas water heaters generally require less energy and cost less to operate as opposed to electric water heaters. However, they can be more costly that other options.
In terms of annual maintenance, conventional storage tank water heaters need to be drained and have sediment removed twice a year to ensure they perform properly and will last you as long as possible. If properly maintained, conventional water heaters may last up to 12 years or so.
Solar units are absolutely an option for Grover Beach homes. So, how exactly do they harness the sun’s energy to heat your water? A roof-mounted solar panel absorbs the sun’s heat and transfers it to a fluid in a closed-loop system that runs to the water tank and heats the water.
It’s good to know that there are California State rebates available for some solar water heaters along with federal incentives as well, however the cost-savings is long-term and not immediate.
You may be wondering if a solar water heater will work even if the sun isn’t shining. The answer is, it will. Solar water heaters have a backup system that will kick in electricity or gas as needed.
Heat Pump (Hybrid)
Finally, we have the Heat Pump option. This type of water heater captures heat from the ground or air and transfers it to the water. A heat pump uses about 60% less energy as compared to a standard electric water heater.
Know that heat pumps don’t work everywhere (in the cold) and many models require a 7-foot clearance from floor to ceiling, so this type of water heater won’t work for everyone.
In terms of cost, they are more expensive than a standard electric model, but will save money in the long-term due to energy efficiency. Essentially, you’ll pay less in monthly bills.
When it comes to water heaters, make the best possible choice for your home or business. Contact Griffin Plumbing at (805) 934-1949 to learn more or schedule an appointment. Our Grover Beach plumbers are available to help 24/7!