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Which Water Heater is Right for My Home?

May 29, 2013

There is nothing more convenient or more luxurious than having hot water at your disposal when you need it. After all, you use hot water in your home for bathing, washing your clothes, cleaning, and washing your dishes. But you might be wasting water if the current water heater in your home isn’t large enough to meet your needs. Read on below to discover how to choose the right water heater for you and your family.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters represent a major breakthrough in plumbing technology. Known variously as “on-demand water heaters” or “instantaneous water heaters,” tankless heaters employ no static storage device to generate hot water. Instead, tankless units activate only when there is a demand for heated water.

Tankless units work by routing cold water through a specialized pipe into the interior of the device whenever you turn on a hot water tap. By heating the water directly without using a storage tank, tankless heaters eliminate the waste of static heat associated with using a conventional water heater.

Conventional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

  • Cost - Cost represents the biggest difference between tank and tankless heating units. Traditional water heaters have a lower initial price with higher long term costs, whereas tankless heaters have a higher acquisition price and lower long term operational costs.
  • Size - Traditional water heaters are much larger and more bulky than tankless heaters, which are the approximate size of a suitcase. This factor is important where available space is an issue.
  • Energy Consumption - Tank water heaters consume energy on a continuous basis. Tankless units utilize electricity or gas only on an as-needed basis.
  • Energy Rating - The majority of tank water heaters are Energy Star approved, while most electric tankless units are not.

Installation & Maintenance Considerations

Competent maintenance and installation of a tankless water heater is essential for proper function and maximum energy efficiency. Other factors, such as local building codes and climate, also play a role. For these reasons, it’s important that you employ a licensed professional Richmond plumber to install and maintain your water heater, no matter which type you choose.

To learn more about the best option for your home or business, call Tap-Roots Plumbing & Heating at 604-222-1282.


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