You might not be thinking much about your water heater until the old one breaks down and it is time to replace it with new one. Don't just rush to the market and buy the first water heater you see. Your water heater is an important appliance in the household and it is going to be in your house for next 10 years at least. Take time and do some homework and make an informed choice. There are a variety of water heaters available in the market.
Tank Storage water heater
Water is stored and continuously heated in a storage tank ranging capacity of 20 to 80 gallons. Hot water from the top is supplied when needed and cold water enters from below. There are chances of energy and heat loss in this type of water heater. They are the most common type heaters used in Edmonton homes but they take up a lot of storage space.
Tankless water heaters
They are the heat on demand type of heaters. There is no storage tank, water is heated in the pipes and supplied directly. They heat 2-5 gallons of water per minute. They are energy efficient and there is no heat loss during stand by. It is sleek and can be hung anywhere on the wall. They are perfect for couples and small families, and also green on the environment.
Solar water heaters
They have solar panels which heat water and deliver in storage tanks. They don't use any other form of energy but they always require a backup system for cloudy days. They are large and bulky with lot of attachments. Solar water heaters occupy a lot of space on your roof and also need space for a storage tank. They are also more expensive than tank water heaters.
After you have understood each type of water heater you should take into account the following things before making your decision.
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