When you think of a typical hot water heater, you most likely think of a large metal cylinder hidden away in your basement or in an out-of-the-way closet. This is certainly the most commonly seen option, but it is not the only option available these days. Increasing numbers of homeowners are learning more about tankless water heaters and are starting to choose them with increasing frequency. Here are some of the differences that you should know about these two water heater types and some tips to help you choose your best option.
What Is a Traditional Water Heater?
The traditional water heater is the one found most often in older homes. The cylindrical tank can usually hold from 30 to 50 gallons of water depending on the size of the home and the number of faucets present. This heater warms the water and keeps the hot water warm in its large tank. Therefore, you will be able to have hot water within a few seconds of turning on your tap. However, when you run out of hot water in the tank, you will need to wait until the heater can stockpile enough warm water again. Traditional water heaters are most frequently powered by natural gas although more expensive electric models can be found.
What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
On the other hand, a tankless water heater does not keep a stockpile of warm water but warms water on demand. When you turn on your tap, this water heater will immediately switch into gear, instantly warming water as it heads out into your pipes. It uses far less energy than the traditional model does but typically runs on electricity.
Which Type of Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?
You must make several considerations before determining which of these two heaters is right for you.
-If you have a large household that uses 50 or more gallons of hot water each day, you will need the large capacity of the traditional heater because the tankless model can only heat around 40 gallons per day.
-Keep in mind that while the tankless model is more energy-efficient overall, it does come with a larger initial price tag.
-The tankless model also typically requires a special electrical set-up that you may need to add to your home before installation.
-Tankless models are excellent for small spaces because they can usually be mounted on a wall.
Before deciding to change from one type of water heater to another, be sure to consider all of the implications carefully. Also, speak to a qualified plumbing professional from Woodbridge Plumbing who will be able to guide you to the right decision. You will need to consider the amount of space you have, your hot water needs and the type of gas or electric power that you currently have available in your home. With the right water heater, you and your family can enjoy the cozy comforts of hot water from your shower and faucets all year long.