Is it time for you to look for a new water heater? In today’s world, new innovations are giving you the freedom of options, not just in brand but in style. So what can you choose from? The two most chosen are either a traditional water heater or tankless water heater. Bruno Air Conditioning is here to help you choose what would be best for your home.
Traditional Water Heater
First thing’s first; what is a traditional water heater? A traditional water heater stores and preheats 30-50 gallons of water in its tank. The preheated water is then used when someone showers, does laundry, washes dishes, etc. The tank then refills with water to be heated again.
Most homes have a traditional water heat because of the lower initial cost and its ease to replace and install. A traditional water heater is quite simple and standard. However, while there are pros there are also cons. Traditional water heaters coincide with a high utility bill due to its preset qualities, meaning no matter your water needs, the same amount will always be filled and reheated. Traditional water heaters are also physically large and usually outside. Also, if you have a large family, you’re more at risk of having hot water run out.
Traditional water heaters usually last between 10 to 15 years.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters use another heat source, usually electric or gas, to heat up water as its needed. This means you have hot water whenever you need it. You no longer have to worry about running out of hot water. At the end of the day (and year), a tankless water heater will save you money. According to Energy.gov, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand (or tankless) water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.”
A tankless water heater is also much smaller than a traditional tank and lasts longer. A tankless water heater can last over 20 years, saving you on replacement and maintenance costs.
Due to its long life, smaller size, and on-demand heating, a tankless water heater is on the pricier side. Installations can cost between $2500 to $4500. This price can be even more if you’re transitioning between a traditional water heater to a tankless one.