Chances are you rely on your water heater more than you know. Everything from washing your hands to taking a shower to washing your clothes relies on your water heater being able to heat up your water to get these tasks done. When your water heater starts to break down over time, it may be more advantageous to replace it rather than fixing it. Speaking with your plumber (or a business like StateWide Mechanical II Inc.) about replacing your water heater is the best way to make the decision. They can explain the benefits of replacing your water heater when it is nearing its life. Once you have decided you need a new water heater, you then must decide which type to purchase. There are several different models with each one having their own benefits.
Tankless Water Heater
If you are looking to save money and energy, the tankless water heater may be your best choice. rather tan storing water to be heated when you need it, the tankless water heater only runs when it is needed. This saves energy which ultimately leads to savings on your energy bill. The tankless water heater also some healthy advantages over a regular water heater. Unlike traditional units, the tankless system has no tank attached to it so impurities don't contaminate the water. This way you get cleaner water.
Solar Powered Water Heaters
One of the sad facts about water heaters is that all the units in the country produce the same amount of CO2s as the cars and trucks in the country. With a solar powered water heater, you are reducing the amount of CO2s you are putting into the atmosphere. One of the greatest benefits to having a solar powered unit is you don't have to use energy to run it. After the initial investment is paid for, you are running the system without costing you a dime. This savings is great considering most units last anywhere from 15 to 40 years.
Propane Water Heaters
Should your power go out for any reason, you can still enjoying warm water when you own a gas water heater. Because it runs on gas instead of electricity, you do not have to worry about it not working during a power outage. Another benefit over electric water heaters is that it costs about $25 less to operate each month. This savings can add up over the units lifetime. Gas water heaters come in more styles, sizes, and varieties than their electric counterparts so you can customize it to your preference.