You’ve seen us talk a lot about the benefits that tankless water heaters have to offer. But don’t let that convince you that we don’t support tank water heaters too. Tankless water heaters are the right choice for many homeowners in many situations. However, there is no such thing as a single type of water heater that is ideal in every application. If that were the case, there would not be so many to choose from! A tank water heater in Phoenix may be right for you.
Today we are going to look at some of the reasons why you might want to stick with a tank water heater or choose one as your first water heater installation in a new home. There is a lot more to consider than you may realize, and all water heaters are definitely not created equal. Each type has its unique pros and cons, and you are going to be living with your decisions for quite a few years to come. Make sure that you make an informed choice when it comes to your water heater installation.
They Are More Affordable
If you are on a budget and you didn’t foresee the need to replace your water heater, then the price of your system is going to play a big factor in determining which route you take. It would be nice if money were never an issue but, for the vast majority of us, this simply is not the case. With that in mind, there is no denying that tank water heaters hold the edge in terms of upfront cost.
Tankless water heaters last much longer than tank models do and they offer incredible efficiency, so they’re often the right choice for homeowners interested in long-term savings. That doesn’t mean much when you’re working with a limited budget at the time of installation, though. While we wouldn’t suggest ruling out a tankless water heater based on the price tag alone, their higher cost can be a factor in certain situations.
They Are More Efficient Than They Used to Be
Any time you store hot water in a tank, that hot water is subject to standby energy loss. This occurs when heat from the water held in the tank transfers through the tank and out into the air surrounding it. Tankless systems don’t have this problem, which is why they are so highly efficient.
If you have an old tank water heater that is at the end of its lifespan and you don’t want to wind up with another system as inefficient as that one got to be, don’t fret too much. The fact is that while standby energy loss cannot be eliminated, modern storage tanks are still much more efficient than the older models used to be. So too are the heaters themselves, and with routine maintenance, you can still enjoy an affordable performance while keeping the tank in the equation.
They Just Perform Better in Some Situations
Tankless water heaters are not ideal in homes where there is high hot water demand, especially when hot water is being used at multiple points of use all at once. Sure, you could use multiple units, but that is very cost prohibitive.
If you live with such conditions in your home, an appropriately sized storage tank water heater is probably the way to go.