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Water Heater

Hot water heaters are common systems in most homes across the UK. Hot water heaters typically look like large metal cylinders which are kept within a laundry room or basement. Although not all hot water heaters are large in size, some hot water heaters are available in a more compact size and are known as ‘tankless’ hot water heaters, these particular models can be wall hung unlike the larger sizes. At Direct Heating Supplies we offer a wide range of hot water heaters, see our overview of the types available below.

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How do Hot Water Heaters Work?

A vast majority of homes have conventional tank-type water heaters, which are powered by either gas or electricity. Similar in operation but different in price, gas water heaters are more expensive to buy than electric models but cost less to operate because gas is cheaper than electricity. However, electric water heaters are more efficient than gas models and have higher energy ratings.

Below we have outlined how gas hot water heaters and electric hot water heaters work so you can choose which is best suited to your home and hot water needs.

How do Gas Hot Water Heaters work?

A gas hot water heater has cold water fed into the tank through a dip tube. This water is then heated with a gas burner, the burner then burns gas and releases hot air. When the heat rises, the water heats up and is then ready to be distributed through the plumbing of your home. Homeowners have the flexibility to control and set the temperature in which they desire with a thermostat that is connected to the gas line and brings the right amount of gas to the burner to reach the correct temperature.

How do Electric Hot Water Heaters Work?

An electric water heater works essentially the same way as a gas water heater. It brings cold water in through the dip tube and heats it using the electric heating elements inside of the tank. The hot water rises in the tank and is moved throughout the home through the heat out pipe. As with gas water heaters, electric water heaters also allow you to control the temperature of your hot water via a thermostat.

What are Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are compact, wall-hung units that provide hot water across your home. Tankless hot water heaters are a popular choice when choosing a hot water heater as they are small in size and require less space for storage. One of the main selling factors of tankless hot water heaters is their energy efficiency. Tankless water heaters operate with an impressive efficiency rating between 90% - 98%.

At Direct Heating Supplies we have a range of hot water heaters from wall hung and compact to more conventional models. Purchase your hot water heater today to be eligible for free delivery if your order is over £50 exc vat.