Traditional Vs. Tankless Water Heater

In the past, traditional water tanks were the go-to choice for water heaters. However, more and more homeowners are turning to tankless systems. If you would like to know more about the differences between a traditional system and a tankless water heater, keep reading. 

The Pros of a Traditional Water Heater

The leading benefit of a traditional water heater is the tank. The tank stores hot water and keeps it warm. As soon as you turn on the hot water, water starts flowing from the tank. This gives you immediate hot water.

In addition, traditional water heaters are usually more affordable than tankless systems. A traditional gas water heater costs about $230 to $2,000, and a tankless gas system costs about $800 to $3,000.

The Cons of a Traditional Water Heater

The leading disadvantage of a traditional water heater is the wasted energy. The system constantly uses energy to keep the water hot. Some systems are more insulated than others, but they all need to use regular energy to keep that water hot.

With a tank system, you may also run out of hot water. If everyone in the house uses hot water at once, the tank may be fully empty. It takes time to heat up a new tank of water, and until then, you won't have any running hot water. You can help avoid this by buying a larger tank, but a larger tank will use more energy.

The Pros of a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are much more efficient than traditional tanks because they only use energy when you need hot water. As a result, you may actually save money in the long run if you switch to a tankless system.

Unlike a tank system, a tankless water heater can't run out of hot water. Of course, if the system loses power, it can't heat water, but if it's powered, the hot water keeps running. As an added benefit, tankless systems take up less room and have no risk of tank rupture.

The Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters can't provide immediate hot water. The system doesn't start heating the water until you turn on the hot water. As a result, you must wait a few seconds or minutes before the water reaches the desired temperature.

Both traditional and tankless systems provide hot water for washing, cooking, and cleaning. Traditional systems are more convenient and affordable, but tankless systems can reduce your energy bills. If you would like to know more, contact an HVAC service, such as Addie Water Systems Inc., to learn more. 

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Hi, my name is Kari, and as a mom, I think it is my responsibility to make sure my family is comfortable. Some days that means making cookies for a sad kid or painting our walls in inspiring colors. Other days, it means troubleshooting the HVAC system to make sure we are all warm and cozy in the winter and cool and comfortable during the summer. If you want to read about HVAC, get tips on picking the right system or learn to troubleshoot issues, you have found the right blog! Please, get comfortable and enjoy reading! I hope these posts inspire and inform you!