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What are the Different Types of Water Heaters?

Choosing the right water heater for your needs will ensure you have plenty of hot water for cooking, cleaning, washing, and more. Technological advances mean there are many types of energy-efficient water heaters to choose from. The following are different systems that the team at Westhills Plumbing & Heating can install in your Calgary home.

Conventional Water Heater

Standard storage tank water heaters use either gas or electricity to heat water to a pre-set temperature that you can adjust via your thermostat. Once heated, the water is deposited within the storage tank where it is kept hot and ready to go. Most residential systems are between 36-56 gallons.

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless systems are also known as “on-demand” systems. These can be electric or fueled by natural gas. The water is heated as it flows into the unit’s pipes, which means that this type of system will deliver a virtually unlimited amount of hot water.

Solar Water Heater

Solar systems operate by circulating water through solar collectors where it absorbs solar radiation; this process transfers the thermal energy to the water, thus heating it up. Once heated, the water is transferred to a storage tank for use. These well-insulated systems can be utilized year-round and can be paired with a backup unit to ensure you have sufficient hot water after dark.

Condensing Water Heater

Condensing systems use a fan to push air and fuel into a combustion chamber where the hot gasses are then forced through a heat exchanger within the water tank. Condensing water heaters are incredibly efficient and are available in both tank and tankless variations.

Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters use a compressor to collect heat from the surrounding air. This heat is transferred to the storage tank where it heats the water. This is an efficient, effective operation that can provide reliable hot water year-round. It is our pleasure to tell you more about these water heater options and to help you determine the best system for your needs. We encourage you to contact us at Westhills Plumbing & Heating to speak with our certified HVAC specialists about Calgary water heater installation.

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