Tank or Tankless? Choosing Your New Water Heater
Hot water is essential to daily life (think showers, laundry and dishwashing), so it’s easy to understand how selecting the wrong water heater can become the bane of your existence.
Choosing the right water heater can make all the difference when it comes to your comfort. Just imagine being stuck in the shower when the water quickly turns cold, or washing the dishes with frigid water after your dinner party. By selecting the right water heater, you can rest assured that you’ll have warm water when you need it most.
First Thing’s First—Identify the Right Type
Before going out to buy your water heater, think about the kind of water heater that you want.
- Tank Water Heaters provide a large volume of dependable, low-cost hot water. Fuel sources can be propane, natural gas or electricity. Tank water heaters are typically located in the garage, basement or attic.
- Tankless Water Heaters are today’s most popular “green” hot water solution—eliminating the need to maintain a large supply of pre-heated water. Tankless units provide hot water on demand. So, no matter how many showerheads in a home, no matter how deep the whirlpool, you can rest assured that you will not run out of hot water with a properly sized tankless water heater.
Make the Right Choice For You
Tank and tankless water heaters both have their advantages (and their disadvantages). By choosing tanked water heaters, you can make your life easier because they keep a large storage of hot water that’s ready to be used. And while some tank water heaters don’t have storage in them, the device just heats up the water instantly when you turn on the tap.
Choose according to your family size
You certainly do not want an improperly sized water heater. Choose a heater that will be able to live up to your family’s needs.
Choose the right fuel type
Select the fuel type based on your home, your needs and your budget. Using gas is less costly than using electricity in some regions, while it might be the opposite in another region.
Electric water heaters use one or two replaceable heating elements to heat water. These units are less expensive than other types, and there are a variety of high-efficiency options available.
Gas or propane water heaters, on the other hand, use a burner to heat water. While these units are more expensive than electric water heaters, they are far more energy efficient.
A heat pump or hybrid unit uses energy from the air to heat the water. Larger than standard electric water heaters, these units are more expensive on the front-end, but more energy-efficient in the long run.
Always Your 1st Choice, Always the Right Choice
Before buying a water heater, it’s important to ensure that you’re selecting a unit that is energy efficient, properly sized and operating on the right fuel type.
The good news is that the 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning team is here to help. Our NATE-certified technicians have the experience and expertise to recommend the best water heater option for you and your family.
Call us today at 732-201-3840 to get started!