Whether you want to replace your old water heater or looking to buy a new water heater for your new home in the Washington D.C. Metro area, we at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help.
1. Conventional Storage Tank
Conventional water heaters are one of the most widely used water heaters in old households. These water heaters come with an insulated tank that can hold around 20 to 80 gallons of water, and they are usually powered by gas, electricity, and oil.
Conventional water heaters are equipped with a thermostat that records the temperature of the water stored inside the storage container. As soon as the readings drop below a pre-set level, the thermostat sends a signal to the water heater to start heating the water to the required temperature. The heater also comes with pressure-release valves that are located in the storage tank. The valves help release the pressure when the water gets super-heated, leading to air pressure build-up inside the hot water storage tank.
The good thing about conventional water heaters is that they always work to ensure that water remains heated. But if your water consumption is high, you must go for a water heater with a large storage tank that can hold enough hot water to ensure there’s an uninterrupted hot water supply as and when required. On the other hand, installing a water heater with a smaller tank would lead to frequent running out of heated water if used heavily. You will then have to give them some time to allow the freshly supplied water to be heated again. However, when it comes to new water heater installation, we recommend installing the new-age water heater as the conventional ones use a lot of energy as they are constantly in operation.
2. Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, use heating coils to deliver hot water on demand. As a result, these water heaters do not require a separate storage tank for storing hot water. And the best part is that the ability of a tankless water heater to provide hot water only when required allows users to minimize their energy consumption to a great extent which in turn allows significant savings on monthly energy bills. Additionally, water heaters also help reduce environmental woes.
Tankless water heaters are available in both gas and electric-powered models. When it comes to choosing between the two people, usually go for natural-gas fuelled water heaters as they allow a greater flow of heated water.
If you have a heavy consumption of hot water, then installing a single tankless water heater may not be enough for your home. In that case, you might have to go for a separate tankless water heater installation in separate areas of your homes. For instance, you will have to go for a separate tankless water heater in the kitchen and for separate tankless water heaters for your bathrooms.
Key Benefits of Using a Tankless Water Heater
Here are some of the main reasons homeowners prefer installing tankless water heaters.
3. Hybrid or a Heat Pump Water Heater
If you want a water heater that offers the energy efficiency of tankless water heaters combined with the large storage capacity of storage tanks, you should go for a hybrid or heat pump water heater. The appliance works on the same principle as a refrigerator. However, the only difference is that, unlike a refrigerator that pumps heat out, the hybrid heat pump draws heat from the outside and uses it to heat the water.
Steps involved in the water heating process
Step 1 – The heat pump water heater draws heat from the environment and is passed on to the liquid refrigerant present in the evaporator coils, thereby converting the refrigerant into gas.
Step 2 – The gas refrigerant is compressed by an electric compressor which raises its temperature.
Step 3 – The heated gas refrigerant is passed through a condenser, where it transfers its heat to the water and converts it back into the liquid refrigerant form.
Step 4 The liquid refrigerant then flows through an expansion valve where it reduces in pressure and cools down before it re-enters the evaporator coil to repeat the cycle.
If you are looking for a water heater installation service provider in the Washington D.C. Metro area to install your new water heater or want help choosing the right water heater for your home, then feel free to get in touch with us at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning. We are one of the most trusted names when it comes to water heater-related services. Our service area includes Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax & Surrounding areas in VA. to Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland. To schedule an appointment, call us at 703-873-7484 (VA Customers) or 301-686-7129 (MD Customers).