Replacing A Water Heater? Should You Go Tankless?
Are you in the market for a new water heater? Chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about tankless water heaters. They can be a perfect addition to your Atlanta home. But is it for you?
First, let’s talk about the differences between a normal water heater and a tankless water heater.
Tank water heaters – what most homes have in place, especially older homes – will typically have a 40 or 50 gallon tank in place. You’ll find tank water heaters using electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil fuel, depending on what’s available in your area. This fuel source is used to heat the water, which is then stored in the tank. That means that at any given point in time, you have 40 to 50 gallons of hot water ready to call and use when you desire.
A tankless water heater is sometimes called a demand water heater because it only produces hot water when you call for it. It produces hot water on demand. Tankless water heaters have two benefits. One, they only heat the water when it’s demanded. And two, they take up less space than their tank counterparts, which means you don’t need the utility space in your home for storage of the tank.
No matter which type of water heater is best for you, always look for a water heater that meets ENERGY STAR requirements, as it will be much more efficient than older, non-qualifying units. Then ask yourself a few questions.
What system do I already have in place? If you have a tank water heater, upgrading to a more efficient may be the way to go.
What is my daily consumption of hot water? Are you home all day or are you at work? If you use hot water regularly every day throughout the week, a tank system may serve you better. You can install a hot water circulating system to provide hot water on demand.
Do I consistently need hot water from multiple taps? If you use showers, dishwashers, and washing machines at the same time on a consistent basis, one tankless water heater may not serve your purposes. You may need two or more units to keep up with demand.
There’s a lot to consider when selecting a water heater for your home. We can help you evaluate your needs and make the right choice for your family.