August 9, 2019
If you have been in the market for a new water heater, you may be wondering about whether you should get a traditional tank style water heater or a tankless water heater. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages – it’s important to do your research first to determine which will be the best fit for your needs. To provide you with some help in deciding, we will compare both options in the article below.
Tankless Water Heaters – In It for the Long Haul
Tankless water heaters only use energy when you turn on the tap. You aren’t paying to heat a large tank of standing water while you are sleeping or away, and this is what saves you money in energy use. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than hot water tanks, but they do have many advantages:
Tankless water heaters may be right for you if you plan to stay in your home for many years to come. While they are more expensive upfront, over time they do essentially pay for themselves in energy savings alone. And as a bonus making a positive environmental impact from within your own home by selecting an eco-friendly choice. Tankless heaters are great for large families. They are also referred to as on-demand hot demand because they don’t run out of hot water. If you are away from home a lot, tankless models may be a good fit for you, so you aren’t paying to heat water that you aren’t using. If you live in a smaller home or townhome, a tankless model will save you a lot of space that you could utilize for other things. It is important to note that if you select a tankless model, you need to be prepared to have professional yearly maintenance which includes flushing of the unit to prevent mineral buildup which would reduce its efficiency or cause it to fail. Annual professional tune-ups are a requirement of manufacturers warranties.
Hot Water Tanks – Shorter Term, but does the Job
The primary advantage of traditional water heaters is the lower purchase cost. Most homes are already set up for a tank so your plumber will not have to change the gas lines or do different venting, which is often the case when switching to a tankless model. These are some advantages of tank models that you may find suitable for you:
Hot water tanks may be the best option for you if you aren’t planning to stay in your current home long term. They are also a good budget-friendly option for those who are on restricted spending.
This guide will give you an idea of the differences between tankless and hot water tanks. If you are ready to replace your hot water appliance, the professional plumbers at Always Plumbing & Heating will thoroughly discuss both options and your needs, to help you select which is the right model for you.