When it comes to choosing a water heater, we recommend two types of systems:
The storage tank water heater, and the tankless water heater.
The storage tank water heater is a classic—one that you’ve likely grown up with and probably have in your home right now.
The tankless water heater has been around for decades, but it’s often regarded as being a bit more high-tech than the standard water heater.
Of course, the big question is, Which one should I install?
Here’s our advice on getting the answer to that question:
Consider the Size of Your Family
Regardless of which water heater you choose, it won’t matter if it’s not installed according to the size of your family. A water heater that can’t produce enough hot water won’t keep up with your demands—a water heater that produces too much hot water will waste energy.
Of course, the size of your family can help determine which water heater is best for you. For example:
- Tank water heaters can be installed with tanks of various sizes. You’ll want a tank that can match the size of your family so that you can ensure everyone can use hot water without running out quickly.
- Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, simply supply hot water on-demand. It’s especially important that these systems are properly sized for your family, as they won’t be able to keep up with the demand from multiple appliances.
Consider Your Budget
Have you been saving up all year for your new water heater? Or, did your current one breakdown and you simply need something that will get the job done? Your budget and the circumstances surrounding it can make the difference in what kind of water heater is best for you.
We’ll explain it in the simplest terms:
A tankless water heater is going to cost you more upfront, but it can save you more money in the long-run. This system might not be in your options if you wait until the moment your water heater breaks to find a replacement.
A tank water heater has always been the cheaper option, but it won’t be quite as efficient as the on-demand capabilities of the tankless water heater. Even then, there are plenty of great high-efficiency models you can opt for as well.
It can be tough to make the right decision in this matter, so don’t hesitate to ask a professional of plumbing in Allen, TX.
Consider the Fuel Source
Finally, you’ll want to consider how you’re going to power your water heater. You have the choice between electric and natural gas.
This may already be decided for you if you plan to use what you’ve already been using. However, it’s not too late to switch if you’re not satisfied with your current system.
Natural gas is less expensive to operate, but a natural gas tankless water heater can be more expensive than its electric counterpart. On the other hand, you might not have access to natural gas, making an electric tankless unit a good option.
That’s just the beginning of choosing a new water heater. You’ll want nothing less than a personalized assessment from a professional. Contact Earthwise Home Services today to schedule an estimate. Because Our Planet Matters.