Conventional vs. Tankless Water Heaters
When choosing a water heater for your home, you have two main options: conventional and tankless water heaters. Both types have pros and cons, and the best choice for your household depends on your hot water needs, energy consumption, and budget.
Conventional water heaters, also known as storage water heaters, are the most common type of water heater found in homes. They work by storing hot water in a tank heated by a gas or electric heating element. When you turn on the hot water tap, the water is drawn from the top of the tank and replaced with cold water at the bottom, which is then heated.
Conventional water heaters are generally less expensive upfront and easier to install, but they have some downsides. The hot water tank can run out during periods of heavy use, and they are less energy efficient than tankless water heaters, which means they can be more expensive to operate in the long run.
On the other hand, tankless water heaters heat water on demand rather than storing it in a tank. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water flows through a series of pipes and is heated by a gas or electric heating element. Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient than conventional water heaters because they only heat water when needed, rather than constantly heating a full tank of water. They also have a longer lifespan and can provide a continuous hot water supply, even during periods of heavy use. However, tankless water heaters have a higher upfront cost and can be more challenging to install than conventional water heaters.
When deciding between a conventional water heater and a tankless water heater, you must consider your hot water needs, energy consumption, and budget. If you need help determining which type of water heater is best for your home, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional. At Gibber Services, we offer both conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters for installation, and our team can help you decide which option is best for your household.