Water heaters are an important part of your home. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot shower? It might be time for you to switch to a tankless water heater? But, is it necessarily better for your home, wallet, and the environment? Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about switching to a different water heater.
Tank/Storage Water Heaters:
The majority of water heaters are tank/storage models. These water heaters have the ability to hold up from 20 to 120 gallons of water with electric heating elements or gas burners. They also have hot water at the top and incoming cold water at the bottom of the unit. So that as hot water is coming off from the top of the unit you will consistently get hot water until it is drained.
Tankless Water Heaters:
Tankless water heaters are not for every individual. You have to take into consideration how often you use your water heater, the climate, installation location, noise concerns, and even length of venting and the energy source.
Save Heat and Energy: Storage water tanks use either gas or electric at a slow rate which allows it to store the hot water to use later. However, the heat can escape though the tank which causes the water to lose hot water. Tankless water heaters are great because they never run out of hot water! Since the hot water isn’t stored in a tank there is no heat loss when the unit is not operating as opposed to a regular tank/storage water heater. This will save you energy!
Cost: Tank/storage water heaters are significantly less expensive than tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters come at an expensive price and that’s not even including installation costs. The cost to just purchase a vent for your water heater could cost as much as your tankless water heater.
Maintenance: Tankless water heaters have greater maintenance requirements than tank/storage models. Hard water build-up is a major concern if your unit is located outside. While tank/storage heaters will need regular maintenance like any other appliance, it won’t be as costly as a tankless water heater.
The bottom line is that tankless water heaters are not for every home. Tank/storage water heaters make more sense for homes, but unlimited hot water will push you to purchase a tankless water heater. Make sure to do your research to see what type of water heater is best for you.
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