hot water systems

Different Hot Water Systems and Their Uses

Hot water systems are an important part of your home because they work to heat water for bathing, cooking and cleaning. 

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your hot water system until it stops working like it should. Most experts, including the ones here at Galaxy Hot Water Plumbing and Gas, recommend getting a new hot water heater about every 11 years. If it’s time for you to upgrade your system, here are your choices and how they work.

Heat Pump

A heat pump system heats water using the heat in the air and ground. Instead of using electricity to generate heat, this kind of system uses electricity to move the heat from the air or ground to the water. This system uses much less electricity than other kinds but may need more room to install than other systems. 

Solar Powered

Solar powered hot water systems are becoming more popular and use the heat from the sun to warm the water. While very energy efficient compared to other systems but can be more expensive because it requires you to install solar panels on your home to collect the sun’s energy, however they are much cheaper to run. A solar system is ideal for warm sunny climates but requires a back-up plan for cloudy and overcast days. If you want to be greener and more environmentally friendly, having a solar hot water system installed is an excellent decision.


This type is one of the most common and features a large tank that holds the hot water. You can choose from many sizes of tanks, based on your hot water needs. The tank insulates the water so that when you turn on your taps, you have hot water available when it’s needed. An electrical hot water system is affordable and easy to install. 


A tankless system allows you to have a virtually endless supply of hot water in your home. Instead of a tank, there are coils that fill with water that is then heated as you need it. This system works quickly and is ideal for large families or households that need a lot of hot water and is ideal for houses that use natural gas power. 


The unique thing about this hot water system is that it uses unused gas fumes to heat your water. If your home uses mostly natural gas for its energy, this kind of system is ideal for you. It works by taking exhaust from the natural gas system and using it to heat water through a heater funnel, using very little additional energy. No matter what kind of hot water system you want or need, call us here at Galaxy Hot Water Plumbing and Gas.  If you prefer, contact us using our online form.

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