What is an Indirect Water Heater?

An indirect water heater is composed of a boiler, oil burner, heat exchanger, storage tank, drain, and cold and hot water outlet. It uses your home’s boiler or main furnace to heat a fluid that’s then pushed through a heat exchanger inside its storage tank. An indirect water heater works even better in tandem with a high-efficiency boiler and well-insulated tank. These all combine to maximize your home’s energy efficiency because your furnace will need to turn off and on less often!

Indirect water heaters are often heated using gas, solar energy, propane, oil, electric, or a combination of these. And don’t even worry about your air conditioning system: Our indirect water heaters work perfectly with any radiant floor heating or forced air systems!

What Are the Advantages of an Indirect Water Heater?

There are tons of advantages to indirect water heaters, especially in older homes. Here are a few of the main ones:

  • Significantly less fuel loss. Because indirect water heaters are gas-fired, they only work during the intervals you need them to. Saving you fuel and money!
  • They require a lot all maintenance. Because there are not any additional burners in an indirect water heater, you don’t have to spend as much time cleaning them!
  • They are very affordable. With an indirect water heater, you don’t need to pay to install additional venting or fuel lines!
  • They easy to size and install. Enough said!
  • They perform better than other types of water heaters. Indirect water heaters allow for hot water to recover faster after use and be more available for future uses!

How Do I Know If an Indirect Water Heater is Right for My Home?

An indirect water heater would be right for your home if you’re looking to reduce your energy use and monthly bills. If your home doesn’t have a flue or separate gas line, it doesn’t matter, because indirect water heaters do not require one!

However, if your home has a forced air furnace, it won’t be able to heat the exchange pipes in an indirect water heater. Also, if you don’t require a lot of hot water in your home, an indirect water heater may not be the best choice as they usually have at least a 30-gallon tank.

Why Choose American Vintage Home?

The American Vintage Home team is ready to start working with your older home today! We have years of experience working with the older homes of the Chicago North Shore area. We can do any and all indirect water heater–related work, including indirect water heater installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance. We promise to answer all of your questions and respect your property to deliver you the service you can trust! We deliver nothing short of high-quality work. No one services older homes better than American Vintage Home!

Ready to get started with an indirect water heater in your older home? Reach out to the American Vintage Home team by calling 847-999-4595 or contacting us online now!