What’s the Difference Between Tankless and Traditional Water Heaters?

October 01, 2019

Choosing a water heater for your home is a big decision. These heaters last for years and are crucial to the comfort of your house. Traditional water heaters and tankless heaters are the two most popular options. Below, we will explain the differences so you can choose the best water heater for you.

Traditional Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters are also known as storage or tank heaters. These water heaters are found in most homes. They have a large insulated tank which usually holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. Water is heated and then stored in this tank. When you need it, a pipe will deliver hot water from the tank to its destination. These tanks are powered by electricity or natural gas. The traditional water heaters using natural gas will generally save more energy than their electricity-powered counterparts over time.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters heat your home’s water on demand with power burners. Because water is only heated when you need it, most homeowners save a substantial amount of energy by using tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than the traditional options, but they can last much longer- often more to 20 years.

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