Posted: March 14, 2016
Posted by: SOS XTREME Comfort
Providing plenty of hot water at home is definitely a priority for most homeowners. So when it’s time to think about purchasing a water heater for your family, should you choose a standard unit or a tankless model? To help you determine the features of each type, we’ve created this guide.
A traditional water heater stores and preheats 30-50 gallons of water in a tank. That preheated water is used whenever someone showers, does laundry, or washes dishes. The tank then refills to be reheated once again.
On the other hand, a tankless water heater uses a heat source to warm up water on demand whenever you need it, rather than storing hot water in a tank.
Traditional water heaters have a lower initial cost; a traditional water heater installation can be half as much as a tankless water heater, and less installation complications means there’s less that can go wrong. But they occupy more room. And you can run out of hot water.
Traditional water heaters also have a shorter life — about 10-15 years. This means you have to buy them twice as often as a tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters may save you money in the long run. For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters don’t take up much space, and can be installed in lots of places, including on a wall. They usually last longer, and deliver hot water on demand.
Tankless heaters may have a higher initial cost, and replacing a traditional water heater with a tankless system can be complicated.
How do you decide which water heater is right for you? The water heater that best fits your water usage, family life, and budget. We can help ensure that you have the correct system for your family’s size and energy usage, and discuss what brands and products are best suited for your unique needs.
We have excellent oil-fired and indirect water heater brands and models that we sell, install and repair. Read more here.
And our technicians will work as quietly and quickly as possible, and treat you and your water heater with the highest professionalism. Contact us today, or call us at (845) 351-4700 if you have any questions.