What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Tankless Versus Traditional Water Heaters

 

Water Heater InstallationHot water is something we all use every single day. There are two main options as to how water is heated,  traditional water heaters, and the increasingly popular tankless water heater. We will break down how each works and the advantages and disadvantages to each.

Traditional water heaters are what most of us have readily installed in our homes. The cold water supply that comes into your home is stored in a large tank. The water is then heated by whatever your home’s main energy source is- be it oil, natural gas, electricity, or even solar power. When the temperature of the water in the tank cools down, the fuel kicks in to heat it again. Whenever you turn on your shower, faucet, dishwasher, or washing machine, hot water is ready to use at your disposal. The disadvantage of this classic water heating method that the water may take time to heat.

Tankless water heaters are becoming a more popular option for homeowners who want their hot water on demand. These types water heaters are high-power that works to instantly heat water as it flows through the heating device. These devices do not store any water besides the current batch that it is heating. Instead of one access point, tankless water heaters have the ability to be stored throughout the home at different points of use. These access points can be far away from the central heaters. Keep in mind, even with tankless water heaters, a larger central heater may need to be installed somewhere in the home, depending upon the home’s water use. The main advantage to tankless water heaters is that you, the homeowner, is provided with a continuous supply of hot water with little to no wait. The cost is the main disadvantage of a tankless water heater.

Depending upon your budget, the number of occupants in your home, your water usage, and energy supply type, either type of water heating mechanism can be right for your home. Water heating does account for about twenty percent of your home’s energy consumption, so taking this into account is also important when thinking about the way your home gets hot water.

Looking into different water heaters for your Charlotte property? Call AAA City Plumbing today at (704)544-1909 for a water heater installation! 

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