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Tank vs. Tankless: Water Heater Pros and Cons

baby-in-bathQuick: what is the hardest working appliance in your home? Obviously, answers to this question may fluctuate. Some homeowners may use their washing machines a lot more than others, for instance, while others may be running their dishwashers frequently after cooking for and cleaning up after their large families. What about the appliance that plays a role in both of these other appliances’ operations, though? We’re talking about the water heater, and this is likely one of, if not the, hardest working appliances in most homes.

Your water heater in Dunedin, FL does not have an off-season. It very rarely even has a brief respite in its operation. Every time you run the dishwasher, do the linens, shower, or clean up in general, you are counting on your water heater to provide you with a bountiful supply of hot water. That is why you really want to know for certain that you are using the right water heater for your individual needs.

Tank or Tankless: The Great Debate

If you have never purchased your own water heater before, or if you simply have not explored available options in quite some time, then you may be a bit taken aback by just how many different types of water heaters there are on the market today. The two that most commonly draw the homeowner’s eye are the tank and the tankless water heater.

Now, it is important to note that there is no such thing as a water heater that is going to perfectly suit every homeowner, nor is there a water heater that is perfect in every way. Both tank and tankless water heaters have their own pros and cons. While neither may be perfect, you can certainly decide which is the right fit for your home. You just need a bit of working knowledge to do so.

Tank Water Heaters

Undeniably still the most popular of all water heaters is the tank water heater. Tank water heaters tend to be more affordable upfront than tankless models. Because they keep a reservoir of hot water ready to go, they are also highly reliable even in those situations in which a lot of hot water is needed at once. Even those with the most efficient tanks, however, are prone to standby energy loss. This means that heat in the water stored in the tank can transfer out through the tank and into the air surrounding it. Then, the system essentially must reheat water that has lost this heat.

Tankless Water Heaters

The tankless water heater is a system that heats only the water that is needed, as it is needed. That is why they are also often referred to as “on-demand” water heaters. They cost more upfront than tank water heaters do. However, they also last much longer. This makes them a great long-term investment. Plus, because tankless water heaters do not store hot water in a tank, they are more efficient than tank water heaters. That, combined with the extended lifespan, is enough to pique the interest of homeowners interested in long-term savings.

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