There are different types of hot water heating systems that serve millions of people around the globe. Water heaters are classified in different categories depending on the fuel they use and on the functioning mechanism. There are gas as well as electric hot water heating systems, and each of them can be divided into two categories: tank water heaters and tankless water heaters.
Tankless Hot Water Heating Systems
Tankless water heaters do not require a tank to store hot water like conventional tank water heaters do. This feature makes tankless hot water heating systems very convenient and energy efficient when compared to traditional hot water heaters. These types of water heaters may be condensing or non-condensing. Condensing water heaters use exhaust gases to reheat incoming cold water, which again contributes to an even higher efficiency rating. Most tankless hot water heating systems qualify for Energy Star ratings because of their energy efficiency.
Also, tankless hot water heating systems provide continuous water and are environmentally friendly. This equipment offers unmatched convenience and comfort as well as a very low-cost operation and maintenance. The intelligent electronic controls are designed to improve energy efficiency as well as safety. Plus, the tankless hot water heating systems are not much larger than a typical medicine cabinet, which results in a very compact space-saving design.
Tank Hot Water Heating Systems
Tank hot water heating systems are among the most common water heaters. Natural gas powered tank water heaters are far less efficient than their tankless cousins, with only about 60% of the heat generated by the fuel source ending up as hot water. Manufacturers have recently tackled this dilemma and are now producing models that can convert over 80% of the fuel energy to hot water. Unlike both gas powered tankless and tank models, electric water heaters are essentially 100% efficient, with all of the heating energy going into the water. Unfortunately, higher electrical energy generation costs still make this option less attractive, from an operating cost perspective, than the less efficient gas powered versions.
Whether you choose tank or a tankless, gas or electric powered hot water heating systems, you need to select a heating solution that suits your needs in the best possible way. You must consider space efficiency, fuel efficiency, convenience, quality, technology, and of course, operation costs. Your choice should reflect a profound assessment of all of these factors making sure that you choose the right hot water heating system for your home.
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