Heating water uses 15% or more of total energy consumption in a home. Choosing a high efficiency water heater helps you reduce the amount of energy you use to heat water by between 10% and 50%, and thereby helps you save a lot on your energy bills. If you have decided to invest in a high efficiency water heater in Orlando, it is advisable to understand how they work and what to look for when making your selection.
This type of water heater features an insulated storage tank with various capacities like 20, 40 or 80 gallons, where water is kept hot and ready for use all the times. Tank water heaters come with various fuel options like natural gas, propane, electricity and oil.
In this type of water heater, water is circulated through a coil and is heated only on demand. They can run on either gas or electricity and they do not have any storage tank to keep hot water always ready for use. This means that tankless water heaters don’t use energy when you’re not using hot water, but they are also limited concerning how much water they can heat at once.
These types of water heaters have heat pumps that transfer heat from the surrounding air to water in a tank. They are more efficient than many other types of water heaters because they simply extract heat from the air rather than directly generating it by burning fuel. They are especially effective in warm climates where the outdoor temperature never gets too low for any length of time.
Comparing the EF (Energy Factor) of each type of water heater is the best way to see which has the highest energy efficiency. If the energy factor is high, the unit will be more efficient. High efficiency water heaters that use natural gas as a fuel source come with an EF of .65 or more. Tankless water heaters have an EF of .82 or higher. Though these water heaters cost twice as much as standard water heaters, they are more energy efficient and help you cut your energy bills significantly. If you want to choose an electric heat pump water heater, choosing the one with EF of 2.2 or more can help you get greater energy savings. For more information about installing a new water heater in Orlando, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today!