iStock_000011086955Small-200x300Most people use an electric, oil, propane or gas water heater to heat their hot water. There are two main types of water heaters: Conventional and Tankless. Each type have their strengths and weaknesses. If you’re shopping for a new water heater, or are concerning about your existing one, here are some good points about each one.
Chances are you have a conventional water heater. Conventional water heaters are by far the most common type of water heater in the U.S. They range in size from 20 to 80 gallons (or larger) and are fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil. These water heaters transfer heat from a burner or coil to water in an insulated tank. The heated water is then pumped through pipes into your faucets throughout the home. While this type if water heater is common, it does have its downsides.
One key downside is that energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used, making it somewhat inefficient. Conventional water heaters use a storage tank to heat portions of water at a time. Conversely, tankless water heaters do not. Instead, a tankless water heater uses a gas burner or electric element to heat the water. It only heats water when there is a demand for hot water, making it a more efficient means of utility.
There are many things to consider when choosing conventional vs. tankless water heating systems. Weighing the pros and cons of one against the other can take time and experience. Fortunately we have what you need to make the best decision for your home. We’ll guide you through your options and get the right system for home that will give years of service and efficient performance. Let us know how we can help you, or if you have any questions about your existing setup.