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Facts About Hot water Heating

About Hot Water Heating Systems

Water heating involves heating water more than its initial temperature. The general domestic usages of water include cooking, bathing, cleaning etc while for industrial use water heating is needed to produce steam which serves many purposes.

Water heating systems are setups which use either gas or electricity to heat the water but most Calgary Boilers are Gas . For these systems to work efficiently regular maintenance is mandatory so that problems can be diagnosed and troubleshoot.Different types of water heating systems include:-

Tank-type or Storage Water Heaters

Mostly used by North American countries and Southern Asians, these kind of water heaters are generally cylindrical vessels that instantly makes water hot and ready to use.75-400 liters can be produced by it which can be used for household purposes. It can run by propane, electricity, oil, solar etc.

The natural gas heaters are mostly used by people of the US or other European countries as the water gets easily transported through pipes and very cheap to use. The needs of households excluding exceptions in the US is about 40-50 US gallons which can be produced by a burner having a rating of 34,000-40,000 BTU/hour.

”High Efficiency and Ultra Low NOx” is a very famous arrangement where the relatively higher flow rate is offered in a limited period of time in which water is heated in a pressure vessel that has the power of withstanding the hydrostatic pressure which can be as much as the incoming supply.

The places where hot water space heating systems are installed, domestic water heaters are unswervingly heated by primary water present in the boilers or with the help of an electric immersion heater.

In the UK these heaters have different names as in direct and indirect cylinders and if they tend to form a part of a sealed system and providing a mains-pressure hot water they are popularly known as unvented cylinders. In the US, after they get connected to a boiler they attain the name of indirect-fired water heaters.

Tankless Heaters

Tankless water heaters also are known as instantaneous/continuous flow/inline/on-demand water heaters. The ultimate objective of these water heaters is to heat water that is flowing through the device and does not involve in retaining any kind of water except what is required for the heat exchanger coil. The prioritized units used are Copper heat exchangers because of their higher updraft conductivity and easy to fabricate.

Tankless heaters enjoy the privilege of getting installed in more than one point of use and even very far from a central water heater but can still be efficient enough to fulfill the requirements of an entire house.

The most advantageous points of using tankless heaters are that it can produce a huge quantity of continuously flowing water which is an upper hand against conventional tank water heaters and have the potential of saving energy in some selected conditions. The huge initial cost of tankless heaters can be a drawback of them.

Stand-alone appliances which are used for heating water very fast for domestic usage are known as tankless or on-demand water heaters in America whereas they can also be termed as multipoint heaters or geysers, they also claimed the name of instantaneous water systems in Australia and New Zealand whereas in Argentina they got the name of calefones. Calefones uses gas instead of electricity to run the heaters and an identical looking wood-fired device was known as chip heater.

An arrangement in which there is a good participation of hot-water space heating, the boiler also produces heat potable water which provides a continuous supply of hot water without the need of any extra equipment. The appliances who holds the capability of supplying both domestic and space-heating hot water are called combination boilers.

The on-demand water heaters have a status of producing hot water as much as needed but its reputation tarnished as the rate at which they can produce hot water is limited to the laws of thermodynamics that is logical to the available fuel supplies.

Electric shower heads

These heaters contain a heating element which heats the water as it passes through it. These are self-heating heaters are the specialized point of use tankless water heaters and they are used in huge numbers in some specific countries. They were first invented in Brazil in the year 1930 and after that became very popular since the 1940s, these home appliances are mainly seen in the South American countries as it has a higher cost of gas distribution.

The models made earlier had copper or brass while the newer ones since the 1970s are made up of injected plastics and they became cheaper. Electric showers are more like an electric coffee machine but a relatively larger flow of water, a flow switch turns towards the device when water will flow through it.

On the discontinuation of water, the device can turn off automatically. The three heat settings of an ordinary electric shower are high(5.5 kW), low(2.5 kW) or cold (0 W) to use mainly when a central heating system is present or sometimes in the hot seasons.

Energy Usage

The consumption of power for electric heaters when used to maximum heating setting is about 5.5 kW for 120 V and 7.5 kW for 220 V.The cost of electric showers are lower than the cost of boilers because an electric shower is used only once to heat the water while a boiler can be used many times during the day so that a standard amount of water standing remains hot throughout the day.

The efficiency of conversion of electrical energy in electric shower heads is almost 100%. The electric showers may also save some energy compared to electric tank heaters which have a probability of losing standby heat.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar powered water heaters are more increasingly used nowadays which have solar collectors on roofs, walls etc and the water storage tank which is potable are specifically designed for the solar thermal setup. The most popular solar water heaters include the direct-gain type water heaters which send the potable water directly to the collector.

The process of heating water directly turns out to be more efficient than heating water indirectly with the use of heat exchangers, but the freeze protection provided them is very limited.

Thus heating water systems are the most useful appliances which must be installed in places where there is a frequent need for hot water.