The water heater is responsible for heating your home’s water supply and immediately supply the hot water required to run various fixtures and appliances in the household. As a homeowner looking to properly invest in a new water heater, selecting the right system is detrimental. After some research, you’ll likely know that there are tank and tankless water heaters currently on the market – both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Longevity and Efficiency
On average, a gas hot water heater will last anywhere from 8 to 12 years, while a tankless electric model may last 10 to 15, though some manage to last up to 20. Depending on your needs and current wiring, you may want to research exactly which option is best for your needs.
A traditional water heater stores and preheats between 30 to 50 gallons of water. That is enough for someone to shower, do a load of laundry, or wash the dishes. There is then a standby period while the tank refills and reheats the water once more. On the other hand, a tankless water heater heats the water as you use it. The cost to install the tankless variety, however, is more expensive initially.
For homes using less than 41 gallons, a tankless water heater, or on-demand heater, can be up to 34 percent more energy efficient in the home. They are small and can be installed in locations a traditional water heater cannot. On the other hand, if you require larger amounts of heated water, a conventional system may be more up your alley.
For more information on selecting the right water heater for your home’s needs, contact Rick’s Plumbing by calling 203-874-6629. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have and offer expert advice on the matter.