Property owners have two options when it comes to replacing their old water heater. They can stick with the traditional storage tank style water heater or go tankless. Both water heaters have the same job, and that is to heat water for your home; however, they both do the job very differently from one another.
Tankless Water Heaters: How They Work
Tankless water heaters do not store hot water, instead they heat water only at the time it is needed. The energy needed to heat water is used only during that specific moment, such as when a person is taking a hot shower.
How Traditional Water Heaters Work
Traditional water heaters have tanks that can vary in size. Standard tank size for household use range from 20 to 100 gallons. These tanks store hot water and periodically activate to reheat the stored water.
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
The main advantage of a tankless water heater is the energy saved. Manufacturers estimate that a household can save upwards to 45 percent on their energy bills. Tankless water heaters also save a lot of space since they do not have bulky tanks. The lifespan of a tankless water heater is roughly 20 years, while a traditional water heater is about 10 to 13 years.
Advantages of Traditional Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters are perfect when hot water is always in high demand. Families needing hot water throughout the day for various task can always be in supply with a storage tank water heater holding 40 or 60 gallons of hot water at any given time. Tankless water heaters are only able to supply a few gallons of water at a time. Traditional water heaters also cost significantly lower than tankless water heaters.
To determine whether to go tankless or not depends on several factors. The main factor is how much hot water is in demand in the household you live in. With a little research and talking to your plumber, you can easily decide whether to go tankless or not.
Looking into different water heaters for your Columbia property? Call Plumbing Solutions today at (803) 513-5749 for a water heater installation!