Let’s face it. Many things in our homes make our lives easier, and we are thankful for them. Still, no one thinks about water heaters until they break and we have to use cold water for everything. We also sometimes forget about how our appliances might affect the environment.
Electric water heaters are currently the worst choice in terms of how they affect global warming. This is mainly because most of the electricity in the United States comes from plants that burn fossil fuels and are only 30–40% efficient. Even if you don’t burn gas in your home, the coal or gas that was burned to make the electricity you use has already made a lot of greenhouse gasses.
Water heaters differ from other things that only last 40–50 years. A water heater usually lasts between eight and ten years. We’re here to tell you that if you’re thinking about getting a new water heater, it would be wise to get one with features that are good for the environment. Both heat pumps and tankless water heaters use less energy and are better for the environment.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters don’t have to make heat because they can use the heat already in the air. Anywhere in the air is where the heat comes from. Because of this, they use less energy than older models, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bills. They last a long time. A good heater that is well taken care of can last ten to fifteen years.
Heat pump water heaters are a good choice if you want to buy a heater that won’t hurt the environment. Even if you don’t have natural gas in your home, you can still heat water with the right pump. Compared to older models, this type of heater uses less electricity. They also give off a lot less pollution than older models.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are a great choice because they use less energy than traditional water heaters with tanks. Cold water flows through the tankless unit, which heats it with gas or electricity so that hot water keeps coming out until the tap is turned off. Because of this, they are also called “demand-type” or “instantaneous” water heaters.
The US Department of Energy says that tankless water heaters use 24% to 34% less energy than water heaters with storage tanks, as long as you don’t use more than 41 gallons of water per day. Even if that number was doubled, they would still be 8% to 14% more efficient. Putting a tankless water heater in every place where hot water is used can save you up to 50% on your energy bill, making it a huge improvement over a water heater with a storage tank.
Good Money Spent
Traditional water heaters are being replaced quickly by water heaters that are better for the environment and take up less space while costing less. Tankless water heaters are likely to be used when building new homes, making water heaters that are good for the environment an excellent long-term investment. If you need a water heater installation in Valley Stream, NY, contact us today!