Water Heating Solutions

Looking to replace your water heater? Here’s some information to help you decide which is best for you.

Here are five common types of water heaters (click an image for more information):


Heat Pump Water Heater

Uses heat from the room and/or electricity to heat a tank of water.

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Advantages

Disadvantages

  • Requires open room with 6’ or greater ceiling
  • Requires condensate drain
  • Reduced savings if in heated space
  • Air filter needs periodic rinsing
  • As loud as a dehumidifier

Solar Water Heater

Typically panels on roof plumbed to tank in basement with some backup.

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Advantages

Disadvantages

  • High installation cost
  • Requires backup
  • Requires solar exposure

Gas Water Heater

Uses propane or natural gas. Can have tank or be tankless.
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Advantages

Disadvantages

  • Requires exhaust venting

Electric Water Heater

Uses electric resistive elements to heat water.

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Advantages

  • Low upfront cost
  • Short “lowboy” versions available
  • No combustion
Disadvantages

  • High operating cost
  • Typically covered by 5-year warranty
  • Not ENERGY STAR

Tankless Coil Water Heater

Built into an oil boiler. It has no visible tank.

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Advantages

  • Lasts as long as the boiler
  • Takes up no additional space
Disadvantages

  • The least efficient water heating system
  • Boiler must stay hot all year long
  • Can cause boiler to “short cycle” which minimizes efficiency
  • Not ENERGY STAR