If you are remodeling your home, thinking about the water heater can seem a little boring. However, this is a place where a renovation can save you money. Here are some descriptions of the energy efficiency of the water heater.
Gas-hot water heater: If you want to go with the traditional gas water heater, choose one that is Energy Star-certified, ensuring the most efficient technology. They are a little more expensive than less efficient models, but it is estimated that you get back the money in less than three years.
Tankless water Heater: Conventional water heaters use energy 24/7 to keep the water hot, even when you are not using it. Tankless or demand water heaters heat water flowing through the pipes, so that only heats what you need. This creates a substantial savings in energy costs. Demand water heaters provide hot water continuously, so you do not need to worry about it. They are also a bit smaller than a standard tank water heaters, and some can be installed outside, saving space in the home. They make a perfect home improvement projects, because they have a lifespan of 20 years, much longer than the heater of the conventional.
heat pump water heaters: A new technology, electric heat pump, water heater can save the typical family a little bit each year, compared with a conventional electric heater. They work the same way for heat pumps used for heating and air conditioning purposes and combine with your PLUMBING system. They work by drawing warm outside air to heat the water, so that they are only effective in warm climates. The owner can recover the higher initial investment over time. (Most estimates are about three years).
Gas-Condensing Water Heater: This is also a newer technology, just introduced in 2010. More efficient use of heat exchangers to capture the heat of the fuel -, gas-condensing water heaters can shave 30 per cent of your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions. Increased efficiency enables them to provide a continuous flow of hot water, so you don’t need to worry if you are the last to take a shower!
Solar hot water heater: Solar water heaters can reduce your water heating bill and your carbon emissions by 50 per cent in comparison with an electric water heater. This is equivalent to not driving your car for four months per year, a solar water heater the average life span is 20 years, much longer than a traditional gas or electric water heater. Although solar water heaters take from 5 to 10 years to pay off, you can compensate for this cost with a tax credit. Enterprising do-it-yourselfers can save thousands of dollars by building your own system.
water heater you are considering for your next home improvement project?
Joaquin Erazo, Jr. is the senior vice president for marketing and public relations at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Find a home remodeling company near you or read our home remodeling tips blog.