Selecting a Home Water Heating System

by | May 30, 2013 | Plumbing

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When shopping for water heaters Temecula residents should consider the different features and benefits of specific models and compare their household needs to the capacity and efficiency of each model. Conventional water heaters use a reservoir tank where heated water is stored until it is needed. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat water on demand.The units are smaller than conventional water heaters and less energy is lost because the water doesn’t have to be kept hot for long periods of time. A version of the tankless water heater, the coil heater, circulates water through the home and uses the home heating system to raise the temperature.

Before shopping for Water Heaters Temecula home-owners should evaluate different fuel sources and compare the costs. For example, in some areas, natural gas is piped directly to homes, and serves as an affordable and easy way to maintain a predictable supply of hot water. In other areas, heating oil used to warm a home is also used to heat hot water. The cost of heating oil fluctuates and homeowners must monitor their oil tanks throughout the year, not just in the winter, in order to ensure the ongoing operation of their hot water heaters. To a lesser degree, some water heaters utilize propane, which is delivered to the home, solar energy, either through solar cells or direct heating, and heat exchange systems.

To evaluate the energy efficiency of Water Heaters homeowners, and those everywhere, count on EnergyStar ratings. EnergyStar ratings, which range from 1-100 calculate the ratio of energy input to energy output. A higher rating is more desirable than a lower rating.

Finally, it is important to hire a licensed plumber to install a water heating system Temecula. Since water heating systems are integrated into both the water source and fuel source of a home, do-it-yourself installation can be too complicated for one without specialized training. In addition to installing the heater, a thermostat must be installed to control the temperature of the water. An incorrectly installed thermostat can result in wasted energy and potentially dangerously hot water being delivered to the taps in the home.

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