People don’t care about the water heater until it breaks down one day. So, what could be the probable reason for the heater breakdown?
What I have felt these days is that people don’t care much about how they are using their home appliances. Later, the same people would see complaining about the increasing water heater cost. Who is to be blamed?
Today we shall go through some basic intro about water heater and their types, fuel types and the easy tips to follow for a controlled water bill.
Water Heater Types
A water heater is a machine that makes use of an energy source to heat water above the room temperature. There are different types of water heater you can choose from based on the fuel and procedure used.
- Conventional Storage Water Heater- As the name says, this water heater comes with a steady reservoir of hot water for you.
- Tankless Water Heater- This kind of water heater works as per your demand, so falls in the category of tankless heater model.
- Heat Pump Water Heater- These water heaters move the heat from one place to another instead of directing the whole heat to warm the water.
- Solar Water Heater- This heater makes use of the sun’s heat for heating up the water.
- Indirect Water Heater- This one’s interesting, as one space heater is used for heating the water.
By now, you will be clear with the types of HVAC water heater you can opt from. Now we shall discuss the different fuel support you can choose for a water heater.
Fuel Options for the Water Heater System
This one is an important decision, as it will decide your expense and majorly depends on the fuel availability in your area.
You will have to narrow down the water heater option by this point. Compare all the fuel choices and choose the best for your needs.
- Electricity- This is a widely used fuel, and compatible with all the types of water heater listed above.
- Natural gas- This is another common fuel-source, as it’s a cost-friendly fuel than the electricity. It comes with a gas burner that heats the water inside the storage tank.
- Geothermal energy- For those who have one geothermal heat pump at home can opt that for the water heater installation.
- Propane- This is available in many U.S homes for the traditional water heater, tankless water heater, and even for the indirect water heater system.
- Fuel oil- You can even opt for the fuel oil, available at some places in the U.S can be used for the storage water heaters and the indirect water heater machines.
- Solar energy- This is an abundant energy source throughout the U.S, however especially in the South-West region.
Note: I know you may find this information unnecessary, but we aim to provide a detailed overview for better understanding.
Use your Water Heater Machine in the Best Way
So, how to make sure that you are using the Water Heater in the right way?
We shall discuss a few of them in this section, and here it goes:
Check the Thermostat Settings on the Geyser
Most of the HVAC water heater comes with a thermostat attached along with it. The basic purpose of this thermostat is to keep the temperature of the water in check and save up the machine energy (once the desired temperature is attained).
The usual temperature range for a water heater falls between 40 to 75 degrees. You need to check the temperature of the water coming out of the geyser and the temperature set on the geyser. If the difference between these two temperatures is high, then your machine will use up more power for the working. You can set the thermostat to 60 degrees, as it is the standard temperature range – and a recommended one.
Turn off the Water Heater When Not in Use
Many people have this tendency to keep the water heater ‘ON’ for a long time, which is a pretty bad practice. It can literally lead to electricity wastage and high-power bills. As soon as the desired temperature is achieved, the thermostat will turn off the water heater. After some time, the water will start losing the temperature and the heater gets started again for heating the water.
This continuous on-off process will use up a lot of your residential power. We shall recommend you keep the unit turned off when you don’t need it.
Select the Star Rated Water Heater System for Your Home
You can find the Star Rating information on all the water heaters or geyser machines.
The ones with the 5-star rating use less electricity and it will have less power loss as well.
Next time when you are shopping for any electric-based machine or an electric hot water heater, check on the Energy-Star rating information and choose the best energy-efficient heater for your home.
Size of the Water Heater Matters
This is a well-understood concept for all, however, only a few of them follow. There’s no point in buying an oversized water heater for your family when you don’t need a large storage heater.
An oversized gas water heater will give out more hot water than needed. Therefore, choose a suitable sized water heater for your home for a quality power consumption and fewer electricity bills.
see more:- Easy Step For Gas Water Heater Installation At Your Home
Additional Tips to Make the Best of your Water Heater System:
Following are some additional tips that you can follow up for your water heater savings:
- Insulating the water heater won’t be much beneficial, however, you can insulate the pipes where a significant amount of heat gets lost during the working. It includes the kitchen sink, bathroom pipes, and the water heater fittings.
- Turn off the plumbing taps while brushing your teeth.
- Got leaky faucet at home? Then you should fix them asap!
- Turn off your water heater systems, especially when you are not using it or going on a holiday.
- Flush the water heater tank once in a year.
- Do a check on the anode rod and replace it if it is corroded.
That was our take on the water heater safety and tips for making the best of this HVAC discovery! What are your thoughts on this?
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