Water Heaters, Which Type is Best for You?

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters are the ones that come to mind when you think of water heaters. They are a cylindrical tank with a conventional metal pipe chimney. Here is an example of a Bradford White heat pump water heater:

heating repairs - heating finance mchenry ilWith these types of water heaters, there is a ready supply of hot water for multiple uses. It does come in varying sizes and different features to meet whatever need. If you already have a water heater like this, it is easier to replace with a newer water heater.

These types of water heaters are:

  • Economical
  • Placed in closet, basement, or garage
  • 20 to 80 gallons capacity range
  • Efficiency varies between models, brands, and fuel sources

The other type of water heater that we offer is a power vented one. This is a PVC–vented heater that is more energy efficient.

Power Vented

Bradford White’s Power Vent (TTW®) water heaters provide high efficiency, superior power-vented performance, and advanced FVIR technology all in one.

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This type of heater can be installed using a Horizontal or Vertical Venting – 2″, 3″, or 4″ PVC, ABS, or CPVC. They also have an increased amount of hot water available at a usable temperature in less time than normal.

  • Lower energy consumption
  • More flexibility
  • Recover hot water faster

The Bradford Water line also carries energy efficient versions of their products, these are ENERGY STAR® models eligible for most utility and state rebate programs. These save both energy and money.

So depending on what you are looking for one is a better option than the other. If you have any questions, we are able to assist you in choosing the water heater for your home. You can call us at (815) 220-5125 or you can fill out our contact form.

And for any other HVAC need, we are available 24/7, 365 days a year. You don’t have to worry about frozen pipes bursting at 2 AM, we have your back!

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