Is a Tankless Water Heater Right For Your Home?
One of the largest and most inefficient appliances in our homes is the traditional tank style water heater. Because of their size and the way they operate, tank style water heaters are cumbersome and highly inefficient. Luckily, someone figured out a way to make it smaller, more efficient and effective.
Traditional Water Heaters
Traditional tank style water heaters consist of a large 50-150 gallon steel drum and heating elements. When activated, water is heated at a consistent preset temperature, despite how much water is needed. This creates a great deal of both energy and water waste.
Tank style water heaters take up a significant amount of space. While sizes vary depending on the water needs of your home, they are usually about 4 feet high and hold around 50-75 gallons of water. Other than a furnace, a tank style water heater is usually the largest appliance in the home.
Considering A Tankless Water Heater
If size, efficiency and effectiveness of your homes appliances are something that concerns you, there is a solution. Tankless water heaters are the opposite of a traditional tank style water heater. Roughly the size of a briefcase, a tankless water heater is wall mounted and take up very little space in the home. Instead of the traditional tanks, they utilize a series of coils that heat water as its needed and immediately deliver it on demand. Because tankless heaters only use the amount of water and energy that is needed, they is vastly more efficient than traditional water heaters.
So, what are the downsides? Tankless water heaters can cost up to 3 times as much as traditional water heaters and are much more difficult to retrofit in older homes. Although they do last longer than tank style water heaters, maintenance costs more. Also, depending on its use maintenance is needed more frequently.
So, which type of water heater is the better fit for you? That depends on your needs and budget. In a side by side comparison, tankless style water heaters are far more superior than their traditional counterparts. That does not mean traditional style water heaters are obsolete or ineffective. If you are on the fence between the two, seek the opinion of a professional. Michael & Son Services Plumbing can help you asses your water needs and make an informed choice on which works best for you. If you would like more information, call Michael & Son today. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on special offers, upcoming events and much more!