If you are in the market for a new water heater you should definitely take the time to do a little research before just going out and buying whatever you find at a local store. The two most common types of water heaters are tankless and traditional.
The traditional water heaters work by storing heated water. The water temperature is maintained at all times so when you turn on the hot water tap it arrives. As the hot water is used throughout the house the tank is filled with cold water that is then heated until it is needed again. That is why it is entirely possible to “run out” of hot water. If you are the last in a large family to have your shower each morning you may have to make it a quick one – or if you have the unfortunate luck to take a shower after a teenager.
These water heaters are available in gas, propane and electric models. The biggest drawback to a traditional water heater is that it is constantly using energy to keep water heated when it is not really needed. You can counteract this somewhat by buying an energy efficient model with an R-value of R-12 or R-25.
Even though traditional water heaters tend to be purchased the most due to their economical price, a tankless water heater may be the best option to fit your needs.
Tankless water heaters are more efficient than traditional water heaters because they only heat water when it is needed. It is “on demand” hot water, instead of “ready and waiting” hot water. The water gets heated by flowing across a gas burner or electric element when the tap is turned on. The downside to this is their flow rate. A typical tankless heater can provide around two to five gallons per minute and gas heaters have a higher flow than electric ones. Unfortunately in today’s multitasking world you may not be able to run the dishwasher, take a hot shower and wash towels on warm in the washing machine and get enough hot water fast enough to go around.
One way to figure out which water heater will work best for your home is to find out your average daily usage. If you use 40 gallons or less a day a tankless heater will be about 30% more efficient than a traditional heater, but that percentage drops significantly if you typically use around 80 gallons.
As you can see there are pros and cons to both water heaters. Contact Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089 and let us help you decide which one will best suit your needs.