Water Heaters and More in Stuart, Florida
No one wants to take a cold shower, but heating your water can be pricey. At Stuart Plumbing & Sheet Metal Inc., we help you choose the best and most economic water heater for your home or business. Learn how to provide your family with reliable hot water year after year.
Storage Tank Water Heaters
These are the most common type of water heater, and the ones you are probably the most familiar with. Water in the tank is heated and then stored, ready for use. Storage tank systems are good when you need hot water for multiple uses at the same time, such as showering while the dishwasher is running.
Having preheated water means you only have to wait for the water to travel up the pipe at the top of the tank and then to your faucet before use. But this also means that more energy is used to keep the water hot while not in use.
There are a couple of power options for your water heater: natural gas and electric. Natural gas heaters usually use less energy and are cheaper to run than their electric counterparts. Electric heaters are inexpensive and reliable. We can help you find the choice that’s right for you.
Tankless Water Heaters
As opposed to storing preheated water, this system heats water only as you need it. The water is run past heating coils to warm the water on its way to your faucet or appliance, making the tankless heater more energy efficient than the storage tank heating systems.
This system only provides a limited amount of hot water at a time, so if you live alone or have a small home, this heater might be the one for you. Ask us about natural gas and electric options to learn more.
Energy-Efficient Water Heaters
If your goal is to use the most energy-efficient water heating system, then consider a hybrid, solar or condensing option.
Hybrid Water Heaters
This hybrid system captures heat from the air surrounding it and then transfers that heat to the water stored in its tank. They use about 60 percent less energy than your standard storage tank water heaters.
When considering this system, it is good to know that it does not work as well in cold spaces. It is best in areas that stay a constant 40 to 90 degrees.
They also take up much more space than a normal system. They are extra tall because the heat pump sits on top of the tank, which means you need at least a 7-foot-high clearance, and they need up to 1,000 cubic feet of uncooled space in order to capture enough air to heat the water. There also needs to be a nearby draining system to clear away the leftover from the condensation.
Solar Water Heaters
This system is one of the more popular options for energy efficiency. When you purchase a solar water heater, a solar panel is installed on your home’s roof, which heats an antifreeze-like liquid located in an attached tank. This fluid then runs down a pipe through your home and around your tank to heat the water. Once it has transferred the heat, the fluid runs back up to the small tank on the roof to be heated once again.
Solar systems best work in areas that are sunny the majority of the time, but most systems also have a backup system that runs when needed.
Condensing Water Heaters
This model is a great option if you need a tank over 55 gallons and heat with natural gas.
A condensing water heater uses exhaust gasses to heat the water stored in the tank. Instead of the gasses escaping through the flue and wasting energy, they are captured and blown through the base of the tank where the heat is transferred to the stored water.
Please feel free to give the experts at Stuart Plumbing & Sheet Metal Inc. a call. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the perfect system for your home, lifestyle and budget.