A water heater makes your every day life easier. It provides hot water for dishes, laundry, showers, and more. When it comes time to choose a new one it may be difficult. It is important to know what you want, and want your home needs to supply enough hot water. On average, heating water takes up 15% of energy bills, so it is important to know you are receiving the most efficient use out of your water heater.
There are two types of water heaters you can choose from. A traditional, and a tankless. A traditional water heater is the most common to find in the home as it is more affordable, and basic. They come in different sizes for different sized homes. There are 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 gallon options, as well as commercial sized water heaters. Tankless water heaters are a one size fits all. They supply hot water as needed. Also known as “on demand” water heaters. You can install more than one in the home, but most of the time one is enough, depending on your lifestyle.
Traditional water heaters have been around the longest, and have developed over time to be more efficient with every new model. They are the most common options for homeowners, but are quickly being replaced with tankless. While tankless are more expensive, the warranty options are better, and are easier to maintenance, and longer lasting.
Tankless water heaters are more reliable in the long run. They are more expensive but normally replacement parts are cheaper than traditional water heaters. They still have to be maintenance twice a year, if not more, just like traditional. They use less energy to run, and provide endless hot water. The initial cost can be anywhere near $4,000.00
Traditional water heaters are cheaper. You are more likely to replace them more often, and maintenance them more with old age. They come in different sizes to fit your home. They hold hot water waiting to be used, but take longer to heat water, leaving you more likely to run out. As they age, traditional heaters may be using more energy than normal to keep up with demand, and keep pushing through.
Your plumber knows your homes plumbing system probably better than you do. They will give you the best advice for your budget, and ensure you get the best systems for what your home needs. If you have family or friends who have installed new appliances, ask for their advice. If they enjoy it, if it works for them, if its worth spending the money. The best thing a home owner can do is research. Know you’re getting the best price, with the best installation, and you know your money will be put to good use.