Your water heater is what heats all the water for your home. This includes water for showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines. Chances are you don’t give your water heater much thought unless it’s not working properly or needs replacing.
When it comes to water heaters, there are two main kinds: tankless and tank heaters. At the end of the day they provide the same thing, but the way they function is very different. There are pros and cons to both types, so which type is best for your home?
Tankless Water Heaters
The tankless water heater is a more modern approach to heating water for the home. These ultra compact water heaters take up very little space and are easy to find room for in your home. If you’re used to a more traditional water heater with a tank, you might be wondering just how a tankless water heater works.
The big difference is that a tankless water heater doesn’t actually hold any water. The water passes through it and it’s rapidly heated when you turn on the sink or the shower or whatever source the water is coming to. This means you only pay for the water you actually use, rather than the surplus that’s sitting in a tank water heater. Tankless water heaters are more expensive upfront, but they do pay off over time by the decrease in your water bill.
Tank Water Heaters
The water heater you’re probably used to is a tanked water heater. They are quite large and take up a bit of room usually in a closet or storage area. They hold hot water inside them so it’s there whenever you need it. This means you can use it whenever you want without waiting and you can even use it in different parts of the house at the same time with little to no delay.
Unfortunately, tanked water heaters usually come with a higher water bill. This is because the tanked water heater is always heating new water to be used. On the flip side, tanked water heaters are a lower cost up front.
So Which One Is Right for Your Home?
At the end of the day, choosing a water heater style really depends on what you’re looking for in your home. If you want to conserve space go tankless, if you’re worried about upfront cost, go with a tanked heater. If you’ve got a tank water heater now and it’s bit the dust, maybe it’s time for a more modern upgrade, but that doesn’t mean you need to swap out a perfectly good tanked heater for a tankless one.
Both types of water heaters have their benefits and both will get the job done, so choose the one that fits your budget, needs and home capacity. If you need assistance and advice from a professional, call Mudbug Plumbing and we will be happy to walk you through all of your options and help you select the best water heater for your home.
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