From the word itself, it is perfectly understandable that the water heater warms or heats water. We cannot deny the fact that we need hot water. We need it for our coffee and soups. We need hot water for our baths (we don’t want to freeze to death with cold water). We need it to wash our clothes in, to clean our cars with and to warm our pools. We need it for a relaxing soak in the tub after a hard day at work. Truly, there are many things that require the use of hot water and the easiest way to have hot water is by utilizing water heaters.
The market right now offers different types and kinds of water heater to suit everyone’s needs. Currently there are four types and you can choose one that you think would best suit your requirements and your budget.
One that is gaining popularity is the solar water heater. The solar water heater depends on the sun’s power to heat up your water. Your geographical location is important to consider when buying this type of water heater. It is important that you get amply supply of sunlight to be able to maximize the use of your heater. If you live in a place with a warm weather this would really come in handy. These don’t come at a cheap price though. If you are considering a long term investment, one that could definitely save you on costs, a solar water heater would be a good option for after all; the sun’s power is absolutely free. You just need a back-up water heater though in case you will be experiencing times when there is no sun.
I suppose the oldest method of heating water would be utilizing the stove but nowadays you can find stoves with built in water jackets. If your stove is on most of the time, you can have free hot water with this. This is also an efficient water heater.
Most people utilize electric water heaters as a back-up. To it may be a bit expensive to use because of the electrical costs associated with it, it can easily provide you with heated water in as short as 15 minutes.
The last type is the gas heater. This serves the dual purpose of not only heating up your home but also heating up water as well. This option tends to be cheaper than the electric type especially if you have a piped supply of gas.
In choosing a water heater, do your research on which type would eventually help you save much on costs.