Tankless or Storage Tank Water Heaters: A Comparison
When it comes time to do some remodeling as a homeowner or rental property owner, consider looking into more energy efficient and economical ways to upgrade. One of the first things to improve upon according to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is the water heater, that is because heating the water in is the third largest expense that a homeowner will have. Do your homework and compare the standard storage tank water heaters to the newer tankless or ‘on-demand’ water heaters.
Using natural gas or liquid propane (LP) in most cases are less expensive to use than electric water heaters, this is the case with tankless as well as storage tanked heaters. Storage tank heaters are intentionally made to hold gallons of water at a time, but the tankless heater is designed not to store hot water waiting to be used, it heats the water as it passes through coils in the unit.
If you are in need of an extremely high volumes of heated water, the storage water heater may be best for you since the tankless only heats 3 ½ gallons of water per minute. However, it takes much longer and more energy to heat up gallons of water once the hot water in the storage tank is used up, so are you really any better off? This is the question you have to answer for yourself.
The two best ways to make a decision between the two is to talk to a professional plumber and look at and compare the Energy Guide Labels on the units you are considering buying. The information on these labels give a great deal of insight into how the heaters are expected to perform and the estimated yearly cost of their use. However, it is still a good idea to discuss it with a plumber, they may have insider knowledge that is not commonly known to the public.
Need a new water heater for your Montgomery home? Call Cole Plumbing, Inc. at (334) 279-8919 and schedule a service call today!