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Tank or Tankless: Choosing Your New Hot Water Heater

Hot Water Heater
You know you need to heat the water inside your home, but how it gets hot is hardly a thought in your mind. What is the best method to get the hot water your home needs? What is most cost efficient choice? And what is safest for the environment? These are just a few questions to consider when you’re deciding between a tank and tankless water heater. The trained hot water heater professionals at Brown’s will try to help you decide.

Tank Water Heaters

Based on the name alone, you can probably guess that a tank water heater requires some kind of tank. Bingo! But it helps to understand truly the use and need for the tank as it relates to tank water heaters. Tank water heaters, the most common kind of water heaters in single-family homes, store hot water in preparation for instantaneous need. And when those instantaneous needs are for multiple devices at the same time, a tank heater is perfect.
However, there is an issue with having standing water in a tank for too long. For one thing, the water evaporates over time, creating the need to replenish and using an unnecessary amount of water. Insulating the water tank protects against evaporation to a degree, but not completely. Because of their abilities to store water, tank water heaters are large, which means options for their placement can be limited.

Tankless Water Heaters

Relatively speaking, tankless water heaters are a new kid on the block as far as providing hot water to homes. And as is often the case with new technology, they’re much more expensive than the old guard. But that cost is generally offset by the energy you save, and therefore by a lower priced energy bill.
Tankless water heaters do not store water ahead of their usage. The only heat water as it’s being used, when it’s being used. Because of this, they’re much smaller than tank water heaters, and can be installed in a wide variety of places, often blending in with a home’s décor. Despite their efficiency, tankless water heaters may have trouble handling large amounts of hot water needs, especially at the same time.

The Right Way to Go

So which is better, tank water heaters or tankless? Which is right for you? The most important factors to weigh are budget and need. The financial payoff for tankless water heaters is delayed. You pay more for the unit and installation, but you save in the long run on your energy bills. But if your household depends on a large volume of hot water usage and depends on several water-reliant appliances running simultaneously, you may be better off with a tank water heater.
For more expert advice on which hot water system is right for you, feel free to contact the professional plumbers at Brown’s today at 1-800-741-0694.