Tanked versus Tankless
Thinking about replacing that outdated water heater for a more energy efficient model? Tankless units are very popular right now. In addition, they have many advantages over the standard tanked water heater, but they also have a few drawbacks.
Tankless water heaters
Energy Efficiency- it is estimated that a family of four can save about $100.00 per year on their electric bill. No heat is lost to water being heated and stored when it is not needed. You heat and pay for what is actually being used.
Unlimited Hot Water-any amount of water will be instantly heated using electricity or gas. This unit is perfect for deep, soaking tubs and showers with multiple spray heads. Also, you can pre-program a precise temperature with an easy to use thermostat. Sensors activate when hot eater is needed and water is immediately heated. Then the sensors automatically turn off when hot water is no longer needed. This does not mean that you will have immediate hot water at the sink furthest from the heater. The standing, cooler water in the pipe will still have to run through first.
Smaller Size- tankless water heaters are about the size of a medicine cabinet. Furthermore, they can be installed in many more locations than a tanked unit. You can even put a tankless unit on an exterior wall, out of site!
Life Expectancy- you can expect a tankless model to last 20+ years. Double that of a tanked unit.
Purchase Price- depending on the model you choose, tankless water heaters are at least twice the cost of a tanked unit. But, they will pay for themselves over time with the savings from less electric usage.
Installation Price. You cannot just swap your existing tanked unit for a tankless model. Retrofitting your home may require modifications to the existing water piping, and gas lines. This is the time to call in a professional.
Tanked water heaters
Purchase Price-traditional tanked systems have been around for along time now, and the price is a fraction of what the tankless units cost.
Installation price-MUCH less than tankless. Many appliance showrooms will offer to set-up delivery and installation as an option when purchasing a new tanked water heater.
“There’s no more hot water”-how many times has this happened to you? If you have teenagers, probably a lot! 20-80 gallons of water, depending on the size of your model, is all you get. Then, you have to wait for the tank to refill and reheat. No fun if you are in a hurry. Nobody likes a cold shower when you’re expecting a nice warm one.
Inefficient-water is constantly being reheated, whether you need it or not. Energy is lost when the water cools down over time and energy is wasted by reheating it needlessly.
Tanked Versus Tankless. So, as you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type. Whichever you decide is best for your situation, give us a call when you are ready to get started. Homework Remodels is a trusted, experienced design-build firm.
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