If you are in the market for a water heater, you may be contemplating whether you should get a tankless or a traditional water heater. With a focus on conserving energy, many homeowners are opting for a tankless water heater, but is it for you? Take a look at the pros and cons of both, and then determine which tank is right for you.
Understanding Traditional Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters have been in use for years. Homeowners have the option of choosing between an electric or gas water heater for their homes.
The Benefits of a Traditional Water Heater
When it comes to choosing a water heater, you have to consider the installation. With many homes already connected to traditional water heaters, homeowners don’t have to worry about retrofitting their home when they choose a traditional heater, unless they are switching between gas and electric.
Another benefit to choosing a traditional water heater is the fact that it’s economical. When you choose a traditional water heater, you can expect to spend a few hundred dollars on the tank. Additionally, installing the tank is cost-effective as well because you’ll only need one or two professionals.
The Disadvantages of a Traditional Water Heater
The worst aspect of installing a traditional water heater is the fact that it’s not efficient. These tanks can hold gallons of water, and they heat them throughout the day. With traditional water heaters work throughout the day, it costs you money.
Another drawback to having a traditional water heater is the fact that they are bulky. Whether you keep the tank in your garage or in a closet in your home, it takes up valuable space in your home.
Understanding Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters haven’t been on the market long. They are water heaters that hang on the wall and provide heated water when necessary.
The Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are efficient. These tanks only work when you need hot water. Since they don’t continually heat water all day, you’ll save money on your utility bill.
Another benefit of using a tankless water heater is the fact that your household won’t run out of hot water. Traditional water tanks are limited by how much water is in the tank. If you have a large family and use a traditional tank, it’s possible to run out of hot water frequently.
The Disadvantages of a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters require a significant investment to get started. Not only do you have to retrofit your home, but you also have to hire multiple contractors to get the system installed.
Electric tankless water heaters use more energy than gas tankless water heaters. However, tankless water heaters require more maintenance each year.
At PD Mechanical, we are happy to give you more information about the benefits of a traditional or a tankless water heater. Give us a call today, so that we can help you determine what’s best for you.
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