Choose the right one for your family’s water usage
Water heaters come in many shapes and sizes. If you’re like most people, you probably have a small closet, section of your basement or some other small space in your home that houses your water heater. And if you’re using a conventional tank water heater, you’re using valuable square footage in your home to store it, but if you want to save space, tankless and hybrid units are smaller and more energy efficient than bulky tank units.
Tank Water Heaters
By and large, most people still use conventional tank water heaters. They are relatively inexpensive, and the tanks come in different sizes. The amount of hot water you have to use depends on the size of the tank. This kind of water heater heats and stores water continuously. That means that it is constantly using energy to keep the water inside hot.
Unfortunately, if you need more water than your tank can hold, you’re going to run out of hot water and will have to wait until it refills to use more.If you don’t maintain your tank water heater, it can rust and leak. Your tank holds a lot of water, and if there’s a leak in your water heater, it can cause serious water damage to your home.Tank water heaters are expected to last between 8 and 10 years.
Tankless Water Heaters
The name says it all: tankless water heaters don’t store water like conventional units. Instead, they heat water as you use it, reducing the amount of electricity they use.According to the EPA, gas and electric tankless water heaters can save consumers between 45% and 60% in energy savings. Because there’s no storing tank, these units are much smaller than tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters mount right to the wall. Tankless water heaters have a huge advantage over tank units: with tankless water heaters, you get an unlimited supply of hot water.
Tankless units are expected to last for about 20 years. Ask Us About the Benefits of Replacing Your Old Unit If you’re considering replacing your water heater, give HEP a call today! We’ll dispatch a plumber out to your home to take a look at your old water heater and give you an estimate on replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient model.
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