How to Choose the Right Water Heater for Your Home
No matter the season, hot water is a luxury that any home shouldn’t be without! Today, water heaters have come a very long way. Modern hot water systems are more efficient than ever, and some models provide your home with virtually limitless hot water when and where you need it in your home. Every style of water heater has its pros and cons, and knowing them both will help you decide which one is right for your home. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of reservoir style and tank-less water heaters.
Reservoir Water Heater Pros
- This traditional water heater uses a storage tank that can hold 20 to 80 gallons of water – which is typically enough for larger homes
- Allows for the use of hot water at multiple locations throughout the home simultaneously
- Available in electric, propane and oil-fueled models
Reservoir Water Heater Cons
- If the tank is emptied completely, there is some down time while the tank refills and heats the water back up to the set temperature
- Since the water is heated constantly, these water heaters can be a bit more costly as it’s always using energy
- Since the water is sitting in the tank, there’s a potential for mineral buildup that can cause harm to the system. Regular maintenance is a must!
Tankless Water Heater Pros
- These systems use less energy, so your utility bills will be lower than if you used a reservoir style water heater
- There’s no down time required to heat up the water – it’s virtually instant! The water travels through a burner unit on its way to the tap, so it comes out hot when you need it to
- Tankless systems are much smaller because they do not require large storage tanks, so they can be put places where conventional water heaters cannot
Tankless Water Heater Cons
- Initial installation costs are higher than conventional water heaters. Although, the lower energy costs offset the cost of installation
- Using hot water in too many locations at once may be difficult for this system to handle
- Tankless systems require annual maintenance to remove built up calcium deposits and other minerals that can affect the system
As far as water heating systems go, tankless is ideal for homes with less demand for hot water and fewer rooms. Larger homes that require more hot water throughout the day would benefit more from a reservoir type system. Which one is right for you? If you’re still unsure, call Sound Energy and we can help you decide!