Water Heaters – Tank or Tankless?

When it comes to ensuring your home has the right amount of hot water, there are two major considerations to take into account: the size of your family and the type of heater you buy. The impression among homeowners is that tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient because they only heat water when it’s needed. This process eliminates the energy loss created by having standby hot water on hand, but it isn’t necessarily the best solution in all situations.

Difficult to Compare

When it comes to comparing tankless water heaters and hot water tanks directly, there is no set standard of comparison, so sometimes manufacturers use statistics that make their products look like the more energy-efficient option, even if it isn’t. This isn’t to say that tankless water heaters aren’t more energy efficient in some cases, but in some situations, they might not be the best choice.

Some tankless water heaters are gas and some are electric, and depending on the power source they can actually be much more costly than traditional hot water tanks. A gas-powered tankless water heater has a pilot light just like a hot water tank, which means throughout the day it will burn a very similar amount of natural gas. The difference is that tankless units also have digital controls that also use energy. Tankless units have a much higher installation cost, although if you have a household that uses lots of hot water throughout the day, then this type of unit will pay for itself over time.

Electric Tankless Water Heaters

Depending on your electricity rates, electric tankless water heaters are a much more efficient option for some families than both gas tankless water heaters and hot water tanks. The average family uses the majority of its hot water in the mornings and evenings, while throughout the day, there is a very limited need for hot water. In these cases, electric tankless water heaters offer the best energy savings as they create hot water when it’s needed without burning a pilot light 24 hours a day.

So Which Is Better?

As it stands now, most homes in North America have hot water tanks, and as the need to replace them slowly increases, homeowners need to be able to make the right choices. The best way to understand the pros and cons of each design, make, or model is to talk to a reputable plumbing company like O’Quinn’s Plumbing Service. One of our experienced and knowledgeable plumbers will be able to evaluate your family’s lifestyle and water usage habits to provide you with the best options for hot water.

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