Standard Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters


Ah, the age old question, “Standard Water heater or tankless?” Ok so maybe not age old, but close enough. With the housing market being what it is today, there are a lot of new homeowners, as well as old homeowners that are looking to remodel, that are inquiring about what type of water heater to use. Whether you are buying your first home or simply updating or remodeling your existing home, there are many variables to be considered in choosing the best water heater to suit your needs and save you money.

A proper working water heater should be well equipped to provide enough hot water for the number of residents in your household, at the busiest time of day, without increasing your water bill to absurd amounts.

Standard water heaters use a large tank to hold and heat your water. Cold water is fed into the bottom of the tank from your home’s water lines, where a heating element or burner heats the water in the tank from the bottom. As cold water becomes heated, it rises to the top of the tank where the heat-out pipe is located, which sends the water to your sinks and fixtures. Once all the water in the tank is brought up to the desired temperature, the heating mechanism shuts off. If you are considering using a standard water heater, keep in mind, the tank should be large enough to accommodate the number of people in your household.  A forty gallon tank will be large enough for 1 to 3, possibly 4, people but if you have a family of 6 to 8, a 75 gallon tank, or a high recovery 50 gallon tank, will be more suitable for you.

Tankless water heaters are small units, which are usually installed on the side of the house, that only heat the water as you use it. As soon as you turn on a hot water faucet, a mechanism within the device is triggered, heating the water to the temperature specified and programmed into the unit. Because the water heats up instantly, less energy is being used to heat and reheat the same water that isn’t being used. This results in more energy savings for the homeowner. Tankless water heaters are also beneficial for households that have fluctuating numbers of occupants, such as those that often have family in and out of town. Tankless water heaters are also considered to be more environmentally friendly, or “green.” Although this water heater, in particular, is typically more expensive than a standard water heater up front, it can save you money in the long run.

Contact Marlin Services now with any other questions you may have on water heaters, air conditioning, plumbing and heating.  We will be happy to help you select a water heater that will be perfect for you and your family!!





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