Tankless vs. Traditional: Which One is Better?
When choosing a water heater for your home, it’s important to keep efficiency and cost in mind. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your water heater or simply want to be well-informed when it comes time to replace it, we’ve got you covered.
Traditional water heaters
Traditional water heaters can hold anywhere between 20 And 80 Gallons Of Water in a large tank and cost around $900. Most traditional water heaters are constantly heating water, making them less efficient with higher energy costs. And they’re big! Traditional tank heaters occupy a decent amount of square footage in garages or closets but can last anywhere between 10-15 years.
How it works:
Preheated water is distributed whenever it’s needed for showers, laundry, dishwashing, etc. The tank refills as the hot water is used and keeps the water hot, even when you’re not using it.
~Fresh water supply for emergencies
~Higher risk for water leaks
~Hot water can run out!
Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heaters (also referred to as on-demand water heaters) give you an endless supply of hot water whenever you need it. These heaters are the size of a carry-on suitcase and can be installed in any convenient place inside your home. While they don’t store heated water like traditional tanks, they heat your water only when you need it, hence the term “on-demand”. Tankless water heaters cost more initially, but last twice as long (up to 20 years) and can Save You Up To 40% on your energy bills.
How it works:
Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters aren’t heating your water round the clock. When you switch a faucet to “hot”, the heater pulls in cold water and begins to circulate. The heat source is activated and warms up the exchanger to the set temperature. The water then travels through your home’s piping, emptying the heat exchanger coil.
Instant and unlimited hot water
Increased property value
Reduced risk of secondary damage (ie: flooding)
2X the cost!
Installation and service costs
Although there are more advantages to owning a tankless water heater, it ultimately comes down to which type will best accommodate the needs of your household, depending on the number of occupants in your home and their water consumption.