Comparing Different Types of Water Heaters

April 12, 2024

Wondering what the difference is between different types of water heaters? Here’s the info you need.

Traditional Hot Water Tanks

Traditional hot water tanks are what most people think of when they think of a water heater: a large tank that holds heated water stored for use in the home. Hot water tanks can range in size from 12 to 80 gallons, but the most common size is 40 gallons. Water is heated and stored inside the tank, and then when you run hot water somewhere in your home, such as through the taps, shower, or laundry, hot water is piped from the tank to wherever it is needed. 

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Vent-Dampers on Hot Water Tanks

A vent damper works to reduce the heat loss of a hot water tank after it has completed a heating cycle. Dampers close after a heating cycle to reduce the heat loss in the water heater so the water stays warm longer.

Tankless Water Heaters

A tankless water heater does not require a large storage tank like a conventional water heater because a tankless unit heats water on demand as you use it. This means that tankless water heaters are very compact and do not take up much space. You also do not need to wait for water to heat up the way you do with a conventional tank, because the water is heated immediately when you turn on your hot water taps. Tankless water heaters are efficient and the most convenient option for many homes.

Navian Tankless water heaters can do 5-6 gallons of water per minute which allows you to have three showers at the same time.

Indirect Water Heaters

An indirect water heater is a type of water heater that relies on your home’s furnace or boiler to heat the water that is then stored in the indirect unit’s storage tank. The water is heated using a heat exchanger that is attached to both the water heater and the boiler or furnace. An indirect water heater with a well-insulated tank used with a high-efficiency boiler or furnace can be one of the most affordable and energy-efficient ways to heat your space.

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