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Are Tankless Water Heaters Better?


tankless-water-heaterStatistically speaking, you’re most likely someone who owns a storage tank water heater. And since you’re reading this article, you may be someone who is considering replacing their water heater with a tankless model. It’s not surprising that you are—tankless water heaters are touted for their efficiency and convenience.

Of course, before investing money into one of these devices, you should know whether all the claims are true. We can help you determine if a tankless water heater will truly serve you better than your current tank model.

Benefits Over Tank Water Heaters

By losing the storage tank completely, tankless water heaters are able to introduce a host of benefits to homeowners. This makes them especially popular for homeowners who want to open up more space in their home or want to practice more energy-efficient behaviors.

  • On-Demand Heating: Tankless water heaters only activate when the hot water tap is opened. Not only does this save money, but it means you can use as much hot water as you’re willing to pay for.
  • Smaller Appliance: A tankless model is a few feet tall and wide and can be affixed to the wall, inside or outside of the home. This frees up plenty of space from the garage and from the ground.
  • More Efficient: It takes a lot of electricity to keep a tank water heater hot. With a tankless system, you only need to worry about that energy being used during operation.

But Be Careful of These Drawbacks

We’d be lying if we said any one water heater was better than the other. A good plumber in Wayne, NJ will assess your home, your needs, and the demands of your family to determine what kind of water heater is best. During their inspection, they can tell you about all the factors you may not have considered, such as:

  • Family Size: Before installing any kind of water heater, you’ll need to know the size of the family and how that affects the demand for water. If they all tend to use hot water around the same time, you need to know that it uses a lot of power. If it’s too much, it might require another tankless water heating unit to meet the demand. Otherwise, it can overtax the system.
  • Upfront Costs: Tankless water heaters will eliminate standby heat loss, an inefficiency commonly experienced by storage tank water heaters. However, they’ll also be more expensive to install up front. Price can also change based on whether you decide to install a natural gas heater or an electric one.
  • Electrical Requirements: Using an electric model can be an environmentally friendly choice. However, you’ll need to consider how that fairs with your current electrical system. An appliance of this size might require that your home’s electric system be updated.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, the most important thing is whether your appliance of choice will be compatible with your home. We’ll be able to help you find out for sure if a tankless water heater is able to complement your lifestyle with its functionality and benefits.

Contact MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. today to speak with an expert of water heater installation.

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