Most people don’t tend to think about their water heaters regularly, that is, unless they are surprised with an ice-cold shower. When you do think about this important equipment, many of us tend to visualize a large and noisy cylinder that sits in our basements.
Tanked Water Heaters
A traditional tank water heater is still very common in most households. It works in a simple way by heating and storing large amounts of water in its tank.
What Are The Advantages of Tanked Water Heaters?
Less upfront investment
Although a tanked water heater does not typically last as long as a tankless water heater, the upfront investment is less than a tankless water heater. This may be ideal for someone who plans to move in the future and would rather not make a larger investment.
Access to stored hot water in the event of a power outage
In the event of a power outage, a tanked water heater will usually have some hot water stored prior to losing electricity.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than tanked heaters and are often affixed to a wall. Tankless heaters work by heating water on-demand with either natural gas or propane.
What Are The Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater?
No more cold showers
With a tankless water heater, you’ll never have to worry about hot water running out. They provide instantaneous hot water directly to your tap or shower, rather than preheating and storing it like a tanked version.
Tankless water heaters can save you up to 30% on your water heating bill when compared to a tanked heater. They can also be up to 98% energy-efficient, so you can feel better about doing your part for the environment and saving a little extra money each month!
Gain more storage space
Tankless water heaters are as small as a suitcase and hang on your wall — saving you precious floor space in your utility room or closet.
Reduced risk of flooding
A tankless water heater stores very little hot water as it passes through to be heated, compared with a tanked water heater which may store up to 60 gallons that could potentially leak onto your floor if the tank develops a leak.
If you have questions about whether or a tanked or tankless water heater is best for your individual situation, contact us here. The team at Cross Heating & Air Conditioning can answer your questions so you can make the best choice.