Especially in winter, every house or commercial places like hotels and restaurant need a regular and consistent flow of water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, washing, and space heating. Hot water is utilized by many industries to have steam that is used for various functions in industries.
In order to have a continuous supply of hot water people use various types of hot water systems that are often termed water heaters, hot water heaters, hot water tanks, boilers, heat exchangers, or geysers.
Various kinds of hot water systems are there that are operated using different kinds of energy sources.
Energy sources to run hot water systems
Common sources of energy needed for the functioning of water heating systems include:
- Electricity –can be obtained from many sources of electricity like
- Renewable or Alternative energy sources – like Solar energy, Wind energy, Hydropower, Ocean or Tidal energy – for producing kinetic and thermal energy of seawater – waves or currents to produce electricity or heat
- Geothermal heating – derived from the Earth’s interior
- Nuclear energy
- Hot water heat recycling
- Fossil fuels – like Natural gas, Liquified Petroleum gas, or oil
- Solid fuels i.e. Biomass energy – such as Wood, Charcoal, Coal, Pest, Dry dung, and Agricultural crops main cereals like wheat, corn, rye, and other grains as well as hexamine fuel tablets
For domestic purposes, electricity or natural gas is used to operate various types of water heating systems.
Common types of Hot Water Systems
The most common among a myriad of options available for hot water systems are:
- Electric hot water systems –comes with a tank and heat the water with an element located inside the storage tank. It may be an affordable option but not considered energy-efficient. However, the other electric hot water system option that provides an instantaneous or continuous flow of hot water heats the water only when you turn on hot taps.
- Solar hot water systems – following ‘Go Green’ calls by environmentalists, people have started patronizing Solar hot water systems that function on electricity generated from solar heat. Solar hot water systems involve the installation of solar panels commonly placed on rooftops and may be connected to electricity or gas when the day is cloudy or not sunny.
- Gas hot water systems – are like electric hot water heaters yet differ as they use a gas burner instead of an electric element inside the tank. Being smaller in size than an electric tank water heater, heat up water faster.
Gas hot water systems are available in instantaneous or continuous flow hot water options as well which start functioning only when you turn on the hot water tap.
- Heat pump – is one of the more efficient forms of hot water systems that function on renewable energy by extracting heat from their surroundings like air, water, or ground to heat water and is known to use much less electricity than an electric hot water heater.
Heat pump hot water systems work on a ‘reverse refrigeration’ process to transfer heat that they absorb from the environment, into the water.
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