How To Heat Your Water: The Solutions You Never Imagined

Hot water is a luxury most of us would not want to be without. From long, luxurious baths to everyday cleaning and washing up, having a steady stream of hot water in your home is considered an essential—and for a good reason. Due to its prevalence, many of us give little to no thoughts about where our hot water comes from or the different methods which can be used to heat it. Here, we have compiled some of the most interesting—and unexpected—ways in which water can be brought to temperature, both in the domestic and industrial sectors.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are fast becoming the first choice for the eco-conscious. They work through attaching solar panels, known as collectors, to the roof of a building. These then collect heat from the sun and use this to heat the water which is stored in a special hot water cylinder within the home. To help the water reach the exact desired temperature, an immersion heater or boiler can be used to adjust the temperature as required.

Cartridge Heaters

Cartridge heater, such as those produced by the Rama Corporation, work through transferring heat into metal objects such as pipes. They fit into diameter holes and allow all of the heat energy to be transferred directly into the metal, which then keeps the interior at the desired temperature. This makes them an ideal choice for heating water, and they can usually be found in industrial or commercial settings due to their efficiency.

Combi Boilers

Combi boilers are often voted as one of the best boilers for you to buy because it has the most efficient method for keeping water in your home hot. They can be used to control both hot water and heating, and they often prove the most efficient choice. The water is heated directly from the mains, allowing for instant hot water as soon as a tap is turned on. This means that there is no need to install a water tank or cylinder, making this a space-saving solution as well as an economical.

Wood Fire

If you are looking to get ‘off-grid,’ a wood fire is an innovative and creative way to generate hot water. The process requires a 20-gallon water box or ‘reservoir’ which sits on the side of a wood burning stove. This process allows you to generate all of the hot water you will need for a day without requiring any electricity— perfect for power outages or those looking to live more simply. Now, if you are specifically looking for home oil heating then a trusted name in this is Ariba oil. They are New Jersey’s heating oil company and supply heating oil to US and Canada as well.

Campfire Time!

Of course, if you really want to get back to basics, the best way to get hot water is the very traditional pan over a fire method. While this may not be advanced, modern or technologically complex, it is doubtless effective and reliable, and is guaranteed to get you hot water! This may not be the best solution for heating the whole house, however, unless you have an endless amount of patience, a large pan, and an awful lot of free time!

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.