Traditional water heaters have large tanks that hold around eighty gallons of water. Once this large amount of water is heated, it must be maintained at a set temperature via gas or electricity. If the entire amount of heated water is used, then the water heater must reheat the entire tank, which can result in your family having only cold water for up to an hour depending on the system.
In contrast, tankless water heaters supply hot water when your family needs it, rather than maintaining a large volume of preheated water. For this reason, tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand or instant water heaters. When you turn on your bath or faucet, the water is forced through thin heated pipes to supply warm water in an instant.
The experts and J. I. Plumbing have the knowledge and wherewithal to guide you through the decision of choosing a tradition or tankless water heater to install in your East Phoenix Valley home. With their expertise, you can come to understand the pros and cons of both water heater systems and arrive at the appropriate choice for your home and family.
Distinct Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Unlike traditional tank water heaters, tankless water heaters provide hot water only when it is needed. This supply is unlimited, so the last person in your family to take a shower will not have to suffer a cold one ever again.
The water supplied by tankless water heaters is often heated at the source. Because of this, the water can be hotter than that from a traditional water heater, because the water cools as it travels through the pipes of your home.
Because tankless water heaters only heat water on demand, there is no overheating which results in less energy wasted on unneeded hot water. This aspect results in a system that is more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters. As a result, a homeowner saves on average $165 per year.
Advantages of a Traditional Water Heater
Because traditional water heaters have a large volume of heated water, they can often readily supply more heated water throughout the home than a tankless water heater. For example, a traditional water heater can generally sustain three separate uses around the home at one time by supplying somewhere between 7.5 to 9.5 gallons of heated water per minute.
In contrast, on average a tankless water heater supplies somewhere between 2.5 and 5 gallons of water per minute. This amount can generally sustain two simultaneous usages.
Consult a Knowledgeable Expert
When considering how best to heat the water in your home, it is always advisable to seek expert consultation. The highly trained and knowledgeable professionals at J.I. Plumbing are always ready to help East Phoenix Valley homeowners with this important decision. Providing installation and repair services to both traditional tank systems and tankeless water heaters, these water heating experts can help you throughout the life of your chosen water heater.