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A traditional water heater stores 30-50 gallons of hot water in a tank. When someone runs a hot faucet or shower, the preheated water is sent through the pipes, and the tank is refilled. However, tankless water heaters, which are quickly becoming popular, function using a different method. Instead of storing preheated water in a tank, they heat the water on-demand. This means, as a hot faucet runs or the shower starts, a gas or electric burner lights up and heats the water as it flows through the pipes.
So are tankless water heaters better?
In general, for families who use less than 41 gallons of hot water each day, tankless systems can be up to 35% more energy efficient. For households that regularly use 80 or more gallons of hot water each day, tankless systems can be nearly 15% more efficient. Depending on the situation, homeowners may be able to save up to 50% on energy bills each month using a tankless water heater.
While traditional water heaters usually last 10-15 years (or 8-12 years for gas systems), tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years or longer. This is double the lifespan of traditional systems. Thus, you can get more for your money by using a tankless system rather than a traditional one.
Traditional water heaters can be quite large, and they often take up a lot of space. On the other hand, tankless units are smaller and easier to install. They can even be installed outdoors on a wall or in other unique places that connect to your plumbing pipes.
Tankless water heaters are more expensive to install than traditional ones. They can be up to a few thousand dollars off the bat, and they are expensive to replace. However, this financial drawback may be outweighed by the utility savings in the long run. It is up to you to decide if the traditional or tankless system is a better fit for your situation.
Winters Home Services repairs, replaces, and installs water heaters for homeowners in Massachusetts. If you are considering using a tankless system, or you are experiencing problems with your water heater, we can provide efficient services. Our team of Cambridge plumbers will listen to your concerns and work quickly to fix the problems.
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