There are various types of water heaters available on the market each with their benefits, uses and heating methods. While the type of water heater you choose does depend on your circumstances and preferences, another important factor that you need to consider is its efficiency. Just because a water heater heats quickly does not automatically render it high efficiency. Let’s find out what ‘high-efficiency’ means and what benefits a high efficiency hot water heater has for you and your family.
Often when you hear ‘efficient’ the first thing that comes to mind is ‘speed’. While this is not incorrect it does not solely explain ‘high-efficiency’ in this context. ‘High-efficiency’ in the context of a water heater refers to how energy efficient the unit is. All water heaters available for home use have to meet a thermal efficiency rating of 90% or higher to be classified as high efficiency. The good news is that all water heaters have to meet a minimum standard of 80% in general.
Difference Between A Standard- And High-Efficiency Water Heater
The main difference between the standard- and high-efficiency water heater is how the water is heated and how the gasses are expelled. A standard water heater heats the water from the bottom while a high-efficiency heater heats the water from the center outward. This means that the water will be heated faster as the heat is spread over a wider area. While the standard water heater expels gasses by allowing them to naturally move up and out of the heater, the high-efficiency water heater has a spiraled tube through which the gasses are passed. This means that the gasses still provide heat to the water before escaping.
Benefits of High-Efficiency Water Heaters
Lower energy costs
Because the high-efficiency heater has a two-part heating process it heats the water faster and keeps it hotter for longer. High-efficiency heaters have proven to use up to 50% less energy than standard heaters.
Where a standard water heater has to operate 24/7 to keep the water heated, a high-efficiency heater has better insulation which keeps the water hotter for longer before it needs to reheat. Visit here to know more about our highly insulated high-efficiency water heaters.
While the high-efficiency water heater might be more costly at the get-go, they are more cost-effective over the long-run. Not only are they more energy-efficient, they are also more durable boasting a life span of up to 25 years where standard water heaters offer a maximum of 15 years.