Differences Between Tankless Water Heaters And Tank Water Heaters
There are three main differences between tankless water heaters and tank water heaters. First, tankless water heaters are more energy efficient than tank water heaters. Second, tankless water heaters take up less space than tank water heaters. Third, tankless water heaters waste more water than tank water heaters. Depending on how often hot water is needed and how many people are using the water on a daily basis will determine which type is needed.
Tankless water heaters use much less energy than tank water heaters. They only heat water when hot water is turned on and not constantly as tank water heaters do. Tank water heaters work all the time keeping the water in the tank at a constant temperature. This keeps the supply of hot water ready to be used at all times. Tankless water heaters save energy by not heating water that is not being used.
Tankless water heaters take up much less space than tank water heaters. They are a small unit that takes up a small area on a basement wall or in a closet. Tank water heaters come with a 40-120 gallon tank depending on the size. They take up a lot of space because the tank must be completely insulated to keep the water warm and to keep the unit efficient as possible. Tankless water heaters can fit in smaller spaces and take up less room making them easier to maneuver around.
Tankless water heaters waste more water than traditional tank water heaters because the hot water must be turned on and run until it gets hot. With tank water heaters the water is already at temperature and can be accessed very quickly. The tank keeps the water at a constant temperature making it quick to get to the faucet when the hot water is turned on.
Depending on how often a family needs hot water will determine which type of water heater to use. Using one that is not efficient enough can end up being very costly. Choosing one that does not suit the family’s needs can be aggravating and costly as well.