by Zona on May 9, 2014

Differences between a Traditional Water Heater and a Tankless Unit


Water Heater InstallationHave you heard about tankless water heaters? Perhaps you are curious as to exactly how they work because most people feel that water must be stored to be heated and available when they need it. Some people prefer it so that they know it is always ready when they want a shower. Others have already discovered the good side of tankless and are glad they made the switch. Which type will you be?

Why Debate Tank or No Tank?

The differences between a traditional water heater and a tankless unit are numerous. They range in reasons from economic to just simply better. The only way to know which one is right for your home is to simply see the comparison and put it all into perspective. One of the biggest things people like is the convenience.

Water When You Want It

Both traditional and tankless systems can give you water on demand, within reason. A water heater with a storage tank is good in most situations, but it does leave some room for improvement.
A storage tank pulls water into it and then holds that water until it is the set temperature. When you get ready to take your shower, you turn on the hot water and you have heated water most of the time. However, if you are a family and everyone wants a shower tonight, you may have to include breaks in between the showers to allow the tank to heat water.
A tankless system does not hold water to heat it. It simply heats it when water is needed. This means that whether it is the first shower or the tenth, hot water is always there. It is called supply-on-demand and the tankless system is based on it.

Where Does Your Water Fit?

Consider the traditional water heater. Where is it located? Often water heaters are kept in a closet that is near your home’s shower. When you are talking about a large 40-50 gallon tank that is sitting in your closet, they can take up a lot of space. Especially, if you are one of those people who worry about putting their clothes or towels too near the water heater.
A tankless system does not have this problem. They simply connect to the main water line and heat water on demand. You take back your closet space because whereas a tank may take up feet of space, this unit may take inches.

Economic Matters

The tankless system may be a less expensive to install. It is the newest product. However, within a very short amount of time, you will see that money come back to you in a big way.
Your tank will hold water all day, even when not in use. When you are not home to use the water your tank still works to maintain the correct temperature. This means there is a steady pull on your power supply.
The tankless unit does not heat water when you are not home. It heats it only when you use it. This means there is no pull on your electricity. Your power company will thank you with a lower power bill.

Choosing the right option for your home is the hard part. Once you decide on the traditional or tankless unit, installation is easy. If you are not sure which one will work the best in your home, simply ask us and we will try to help you make the right decision for your home. We will take your financial and personal preferences into consideration.

Looking into different water heaters for your Indianapolis property? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service today at (317)881-9536 for a water heater installation! 

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