Water heaters are one of the most frequently used appliances in the home. We use these high-functioning units for simple daily tasks such as dishwashing and laundry, and rely on them for relaxation and hygiene in the form of hot showers and warm bubble baths. Because homeowners count on water heaters so often, it’s important to choose the best unit for your specific output and capacity needs.
Did you know there are several different types of water heaters available today? Let us break down the top three most popular choices so you can select the best water heater option for your home.
1. Traditional tank water heater
Also known as conventional water heaters and storage tank water heaters, these traditional tank units are still the most commonly used and most well-known type on the market. Tank water heaters function by heating a set amount of water, equal to the capacity of the tank. Once heated, the insulated tank will maintain warmth until the water is used.
The pros of traditional tank water heaters: their upfront costs are typically less than other styles, and they are relatively simple to install. The cons? If you’ve ever experienced “running out of hot water,” you understand that traditional tank water heaters aren’t problem-free. Heating water around the clock also uses up more energy (leading to higher energy bills).
2. Tankless water heater
Tankless water heaters are also referred to as on-demand water heaters. These units provide an almost unlimited amount of hot water for your home, heating water quickly as you need it rather than storing a set amount of hot water in a tank.
Tankless water heaters are extremely efficient in providing hot water quickly – but it’s important that you purchase the appropriate size for your home’s capacity needs. They are also more energy-efficient than traditional tank water heaters, although the upfront cost of tankless units is typically significantly higher.
3. Hybrid water heater
A heat pump or hybrid water heater takes heat from either underground or the air, and uses it to heat water for the home. Hybrid water heaters are some of the most energy-efficient water heaters available, saving homeowners on electricity costs. However, it is one of the most expensive water heater systems to purchase, and hybrid water heaters don’t function well in cold spaces (such as basements, where water heaters are typically installed) or in climates that are cold for long periods of time.
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As you can see, there are pros and cons to each type of water heater. The trick is finding the style that best fits your home’s needs.
At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we help our customers find units that will “check all the boxes” for a reliable hot water source. To schedule a water heater consultation with an experienced plumber, call us today at 281.351.4422.