A family of four typically uses about 60 gallons of hot water every day.
Heating thatwater for bathing, laundry, cooking and dishwashing is the third largest
use of household energy, after heating and air conditioning. Today’s water heating
system options provide hot water fast and efficiently and keep a reliable flow available.
A variety of options are available for hot water using propane gas, fuel oil and natural gas.
Direct-Fired Water Heaters
In a direct-fired water heater, heats water directly by the heat of the fuel flame.
You’ll usually find a direct-fired water heater in a home with a warm air furnace.
A indirect-fired water heating system, the water is heated by hot water from the boiler.
In many homes, you may find an indirect-fired system that is also tankless. A tankless, indirect-fired water heating system can work in conjunction with either a hot water
boiler or a steam boiler.
Tankless Water Heaters
For supreme energy efficiency, a tankless water heater is hard to beat because it provides instantaneous hot water production. An Energy Star-qualified tankless water heater can cost about 60% less to operate than a standard electric storage tank, while providing a longer-lasting stream of hot water.
Because a tankless unit does not need to maintain a stored water supply, it can reduce standby energy loss by up to 15% compared with storage water heaters. As an added bonus, tankless water heaters take up less space, are less subject to corrosion and can last more than twice as long as a tank-style system.
Tankless water heaters are “on demand” systems. When you open your hot water tap,
the unit senses the demand and starts the heating process. As water flows through a heat exchanger, it quickly warms to your desired temperature. When the tap is closed, the
heater automatically shuts off with no energy loss.
For additional information about water heating options call 508-533-6561 or 800-649-5949.