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November 22, 2019
Water heaters are one of those things you don’t typically spend too much time thinking about, until they aren’t working. Ever had to take an ice cold shower? It’s not something you easily forget (even after you stop shivering).
So when it comes time to replace your water heater, it might seem like there are a number of options available. How do you decide? What’s the best hot water heater? Are tankless water heaters better? Did you know that water heating is usually your second biggest home expense, accounting for 14–18% of your monthly utility bill?
Let’s take a look at the two main options available for homeowners in Dixon, CA and break down the pros and cons of each so you can make the best decision for your home.
Traditional Tank Storage Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters are constructed around a large storage tank, where 30-50 gallons of water are kept heated. Hot water is drawn from the tank as it is needed throughout the home, and refilled as it’s emptied.
There are many tank water heater advantages that make them a popular choice for homes. Traditional storage tank heaters are:
Easy to install
Inexpensive to service
Older storage tank water heaters are notoriously inefficient when it comes to energy usage, as they are constantly working to keep their stored water hot. Today’s energy efficient water heaters have significantly better insulation, resulting in much less wasted energy and lower utility bills, but they still don’t come close to the efficiency of tankless models. Tank storage systems are also large and require a fair amount of space to install, depending on the size of the tank.
And of course, tank storage systems can run out of hot water if you use too much in a short period of time. If you have a big family who’s fought over the morning shower order before, you may be very familiar with this struggle.
Tankless Water Heaters
If high energy efficiency is your top priority for water heating, tankless water heater installation are an attractive option. Tankless water heaters, don’t store any hot water. Instead, water is heated quickly as the hot water tap is turned on.
Tankless water heater advantages include:
Endless hot water
Double the lifespan of tank heaters (approximately 20 years)
High Energy Savings
Tankless water heaters are significantly more efficient than traditional tank storage systems, but their rate of flow is limited by how quickly they can heat water up. For homes than don’t need to use lots of water at the same time, this is less of a problem, but if your household has higher water usage, you may want to consider installing multiple units.
How much do tankless water heaters cost?
The biggest obstacle for most homes with high efficiency tankless water heaters is their high price tag. However, this can be offset by your monthly energy costs. In fact, according to the DOE, going with a tankless electric water heater can save a family of four up to $3,750 over its lifetime compared to a standard model!
Choose Greiner for Your Water Heating Needs
Whether you ultimately decide to go with tankless or traditional storage tank water heater installation, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your new system. Extending the lifespan of any water heater will mean scheduled regular maintenance to avoid costly repairs and keep your heater operating at full efficiency.
That’s why, in addition to water heater installation, Greiner offers Davis, Vacaville, and Dixon homeowners its Maintenance Value Plan. For less than $13 a month, you’ll get two free tune-ups a year, a free safety inspection, priority scheduling if repairs are ever needed, discounts on service, and more.