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Identifying the Different Types of Hot Water Systems

Are you finding it hard to identify the different types of hot water systems? The truth is, it isn’t so hard once you read all about it. Why don’t you start now?

1. Electric Heaters

Electric heaters, just like their name imply use electricity as their power source. There are three ways to power an electric heater. One method uses the M Tariff, the second uses the J Tariff, and the third uses both.

M Tariff works at any time, day or night to heat water in a tank, while J Tariff works using off-peak electricity at night and turns off during the day.

An electric heater with both will have the J Tariff heat water using off-peak electricity, and the M Tariff work whenever the temperature of the water reduces.

Electric heaters are perfect for installation both indoors and outdoors, and installation only takes a few hours.

2. Solar Heaters

The solar water system is the way to go for a greener and cheaper way to heat water in a tank. A solar water heater uses the sun’s energy as a power source. The solar panels transport solar energy to the storage tank, which heats the water.

Regardless of the position of these solar panels, as long as they have access to sunshine, they can heat water. However, specific solar panels work better in regions with low temperatures.

Due to the simplistic use of this renewable energy source, the amount of greenhouse given off is minimal because the heating process requires less energy.

3. Gas Heaters

A gas heater storage tank receives water at the bottom of the tank from the mains water supply. When water builds up, and the tank is full, a thermostat begins to observe the temperature of the water.

When the water temperature is suitable, the thermostat turns off and attempts to maintain that temperature. However, when the temperature level drops, it tries to increase it, starting from the bottom of the tank to the top.

A gas heater has a storage tank with heavy insulation that helps to retain as much heat as possible. With the tank’s build, it can preserve heat for as long as a couple of days.

4. Heat Pump Heaters

A heat pump heater is a type of water system that uses heat from outside air to power itself. This heater works like an air conditioner but does the opposite by absorbing heat and not expelling it.

This type of heater is eco-friendly and can work in just about any weather condition. However, regions with colder temperatures tend to spoil the water system quicker.

Installation of heat pump heaters must happen outdoors for safety reasons.

The Bottom Line

You should be able to identify the different types of hot water systems, but that is half the journey; you still need to pick one for yourself. You don’t have to decide on your own; you can call a plumber to help decide what types of hot water systems are best for you.

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