When a home owner is determining the best way to manage their water heating, a variety of information should be collected and reviewed. Plumbing is constantly changing and home owners must keep up with the ever changing economy to keep utility expenses low. We wanted to give you the inside scoop to heating your water.
The two most common ways to household water heating is using a Storage Water-Heater Tank or a Tankless Water Heater. The first Storage Tank was designed and produced in 1889 by Edwin Ruud and has been the most common source of hot water for humans over the past decade. Hot water is stored and as soon as one turns on the hot side of a faucet, hot water is pulled from the tank.
Storage Water-Heater Tanks have a low initial cost, and are quick to install. Plumbers have experience with Storage Tanks and are typically aware of the hazards and functions of these fixtures. Most Storage Tanks in the United States use natural gas however a large minority uses electric energy to heat their tank.
As times change, we notice more home owners switching to Tankless Water Heaters. This is an efficient way to keep regular utility expenses low. Although the initial cost can be pretty steep, Tankless Heaters use less gas than Storage Tanks. The gas is only used when one is using the hot water, reducing monthly utility expenses. Tankless Heaters also have a 25 year life expectancy whereas Storage Tanks only have a 10 year life expectancy.
Tankless Heaters are typically wall hung and much smaller than Storage Tanks, allowing much more space in houses. Tankless Heaters are also designed to ensure never ending hot water, whereas Storage Tanks may run out of water if too many fixtures and appliances are in use.
When determining whether to go with a Storage Tank or a Tankless Heater, an Approved Plumbing technician can help you make the right choice. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. 440 – 526 – 2905