Types of Water Heaters

Types of Electric Water Heaters


40-gallon tank

Suitable for one person or small families, smaller tanks (20-30 gallons) often cost the same or more and they may not be insulated as well.

60-gallon tank

This is typically the best option for larger families. Standard for time-of-day applications, as it lessens the amount of charge time during the shoulder period, helping keep costs lower.

Electric tankless (on-demand) water heater

As soon as the hot water tap is turned on, the tankless heater engages and instantaneously heats the water being pumped through it. On-demand water heaters are also called instantaneous water heaters.

Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters are able to absorb heat from the air and transfer it into a water storage tank. Heat pump water heaters can provide the same amount of hot water as a standard electric resistance heater while consuming 50%-70% less energy. Heat pump water heaters can be either a single unit with compressor attached or split systems. The split systems have their compressor outdoors (Sanden Units). The self-contained units have their compressor attached to the indoor unit and draw from the inside air unless they install ducting to draw from outside.

Solar Hot Water

A home energy evaluation is a good first step in determining if a solar hot water system is your best option. If you're considering building a new home, you can make cost-effective upgrades when choosing your designs that will make your home solar ready. To learn more solar water heater options, talk to your builder or a contractor (Click here).

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