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The water heater is an essential system in the plumbing system since it provides general convenience when performing kitchen and bathroom tasks. Most systems have a prolonged lifespan but you will eventually need to replace the appliance. Common problems that indicate that your residential water heater include corrosion of the water tank, serious leaks and consistent malfunctions which occur when the system becomes old.
You can choose to replace your heater with conventional models which are typically tanked systems which are powered by gas or electricity. However, there are more energy efficient alternatives in the market capable of reducing the long-term operational costs. Here are the main water heating technologies that you should consider incorporating in your home.
These tankless appliances are also known as point-of-use heaters and as implied, the systems do not include a tank for hot water storage. The heating units are connected directly to the plumbing lines and they will provide hot water when required. They can be powered by electricity or gas depending on your personal preference and heating elements will have to be installed in areas where hot water is required.
They are typically more expensive to purchase compared to the conventional alternatives. However, you will make significant savings over time because of the lower energy consumption. The water heater does not need to work in the background to maintain hot water in a tank when the system is not in use.
Solar Water Heater
The sun is a clean and highly economical source of solar energy for residential property. You should consider installing a solar heater to reduce the cumulative energy costs in the home and contribute to a greener planet since the resource is renewable. This appliance consists of a storage tank, connecting pipes and water flow controller.
The heating elements are solar collectors which are installed on roofs or even an open area in the compound for maximum sun exposure. The solar heating appliance in most cases preheats the water before it flows into the conventional system. However, the solar heater can cater to all your heating needs when the weather is consistently sunny.
A desuperheater is an auxiliary heat exchanger which uses heated gases to heat water. This device can be connected to your heat pump or air conditioning systems which emit highly heated gases after cooling your house. The waste heat is released to the desuperheater which uses the energy to heat water. This system can provide sufficient hot water during the consistently sunny months.
Learn more about these or other options by contacting resources like D.R. King Plumbing Services Pty Ltd.