A Comparison between Tankless and Traditional Water Heaters

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Friday, February 13, 2015

water heaters manchesterWhen you consider installing a water heater in your home, you should consider whether you should go with a traditional tank system or with a tankless system.  Both have certain upsides that you should know before making your decision.  Ultimately you should go with the type of Manchester water heater that will best fulfill your family’s water heating needs within your budget.

To start, traditional water heaters have large tanks, generally holding somewhere around eighty gallons of water.  The system heats the entire tank of water, usually by electricity or gas, then maintains that heat until the water is used throughout the home.  This requires constant energy expenditure in order to maintain the large amount of water at temperature until use.

Unfortunately, as we all have experienced at some point or another, once traditional water heaters expend all of this water there is a period of time in which your home will be without hot water.  Depending on the system, it can take anywhere from twenty to sixty minutes to reheat the entire tank.

Tankless water heaters on the other hand do not hold large amounts of water and therefore do not have to expend energy constantly to maintain the water at temperature.  Tankless water heaters only supply hot water when someone in the household needs it.  As such, they are also referred to as instant or on-demand water heaters.

The water heating and plumbing experts at Rapid Service can guide you through this important decision.  Their licensed contractors can give you the pros and cons of each and help you determine whether a traditional or tankless system would best serve your family.  Rapid service proudly installs, maintains, and repairs both traditional and tankless water heaters in Manchester, Veron, East Hartford, and the surrounding areas.

Tanks Traditional Benefits

Traditional tank systems are generally cheaper in initial price than tankless water heaters.  Also, one traditional tank water heater can service an entire household; whereas, tankless water heaters are generally installed at the point of use, so you may have to install multiple water heaters throughout your home.

Another advantage of a traditional tank system is the amount of hot water it can supply at one time.  Traditional water heaters on average can supply between 7.5 and 9.5 gallons of heated water per minute.  This amount is enough to service three simultaneous uses throughout the home.  In contrast, tankless water heaters supply about 2.5 to 5 gallons of water per minute, which can service 2 uses.

Tankless Water Heater Benefits

Because tankless water heaters supply hot water on demand, your home will have an endless supply of hot water.  Also because tankless water heaters generally heat at the source, the water they supply is hotter than traditional water heaters.  The water in a tank water heater cools while it travels from the tank to the tap.

Another great advantage of a tankless water heater is energy efficiency.  Because a traditional tank system has to constantly maintain a large volume of water at temperature, the tank system wastes energy as hot water is not being used.  Tankless water heaters, by heating on demand, only expend energy to heat the water when you need it, rather than spending energy keeping water ready for use.  This energy efficiency can save a home owner on up to $165 per year.

As always, when considering a major addition to your home, it is best to consult with an expert.  The highly trained water heating specialist at Rapid Service can help you decide which water heating system will best benefit your home.  Rapid Service proudly helps Manchester, Vernon, East Hartford, and the surrounding areas with all of their water heating and plumbing related needs.