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Tank or Tankless: Which Water Heater Is Right for Me?

baby-in-tubHeating water is something that you don’t really think much about. It’s not as if you need to do so in a pot on top of the range these days, right? Of course not! That’s what your water heater is there for. In fact, it is the sole purpose that this appliance serves. While you may not find yourself thinking about your water heater all that much on any given day, it is very important that you think about it very carefully when the time comes to invest in a new system.

If you need a brand new water heater in Brooksville, FL for a brand new property, or if the time has come to replace your old water heater with a new model, then we’re the company to work with. Before you schedule your installation, of course, you’ll need to determine which water heater is right for you. You don’t need to stick with what you’ve always known, after all. Today, we’ll be discussing some pros and cons of both tank and tankless water heaters.

Tank, Tankless: What’s the Difference?

Okay, so the major difference between tank and tankless water heaters is not really much of a mystery. Tank water heaters store hot water in a tank, and tankless water heaters do not. Simple, right? Well, yes, on the surface level. But it gets a bit more complicated when you really start weighing the pros and cons of each system.

For starters, let’s point out that the tank water heater remains the dominant system in the industry. These may be gas or electric, and they tend to be quite affordable to purchase—especially when compared to the much more expensive tankless models. So it’s obvious that you should opt for the more affordable option, then?

Well, not really. See, tankless water heaters are definitely more expensive. They also tend to be more efficient than tank water heaters are,  though. This is due to the fact that tank water heaters, no matter how well insulated, are subject to standby energy loss. This is the situation in which heat from the water within the tank transfers through that tank and out into the cooler air surrounding it.

Tankless systems just heat the water that you need, as you need it, so they don’t store water at all. They are thus immune to the issue of standby energy loss. When you pair that efficiency with their incredibly long lifespan—20 to 25 years, as opposed to about 12 for the average tank water heater—you could be looking at a great return on your investment.

However, tankless water heaters can be more easily overwhelmed in those homes where there is a frequent high demand on the system, such as when the washing machine, dishwasher, and shower are all running at once. Ultimately, your best bet is to do your research and to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. We’re happy to answer them for you.

Contact Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for outstanding plumbing services.

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