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Your Options for a New Water Heater

When it comes to installing a new water heater, you may think that you have two basic options: tank and tankless. But there are actually a couple more options to consider—and consider them you should. There may be a better option to suit your needs. 

We’re the team you want to call when you need water heater installation in Grosse Pointe, MI. You can keep reading to learn more about the four types of water heaters that we install as well as how each one works. If you’re still not sure which water heater is right for you, give us a call to schedule your in-home assessment and we can help you make the right choice for your home and family.

Tank Water Heater

A tank water heater is the more traditional choice. It uses heating elements inside of the tank to heat your water. Tank sizes can vary, offering you more or less hot water at one time. The larger the tank, the more water is available. One nice thing about a tank water heater is that you can use hot water at multiple sources at the same time without losing any water pressure. 

The same cannot be said for a tankless water heater. However, you do want to consider that the size of your tank is the limit on how much hot water you can use at any given time. Once you use up the available hot water, you’ll have to wait for the tank to refill and heat up before having hot water again.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is highly energy efficient because it only heats water on demand instead of maintaining a supply of hot water around the clock. One downside to a tankless water heater is that you may lose water pressure if you’re using hot water at multiple sources. This is because your tankless water heater can only heat so much water at one time. 

This type of water heater is usually more expensive upfront to install, although it will save you money by way of energy costs. You’ll also enjoy a nearly endless supply of hot water without having to wait for the tank to refill again since a tankless water heater heats water only when you need it, for as long as you need it. 

Indirect Water Heater

An indirect water heater also has a tank, so it enjoys the same benefits as a traditional tank water heater. However, instead of heating the water directly by using heating elements, there is a separate boiler that produces heat to heat the water indirectly. With a traditional water heater, the method of heating causes a lot of energy to be lost in the process. 

An indirect water heater is considered nearly 100% energy efficient. In fact, across all of your water heater options, it can lower your energy costs for heating water the most. You can enjoy the benefits of a tank water heater with lower energy costs to maintain that hot water for your home with an indirect water heater.

Heat Pump Water Heater

A heat pump water heater also has a tank. However, instead of using a heating element to produce heat for the water, the heat pump pulls heat out of the air to warm up the water. It’s similar to how a heat pump HVAC system works to heat your home in the winter. 

This is particularly beneficial if your water heater is located in your garage where the temperatures tend to be warmer anyway. Your heat pump uses refrigerant to absorb heat and return it to the water heater for creating hot water. Heat pumps are considered safer and more efficient than other options for producing heat compared to other options. 

Contact Charter Home Comfort today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for water heater installation service. Old fashioned values with tech savvy results! 

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