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You’ve probably seen a huge water tank in your garage, attic, or basement. Most homes are equipped with this type of water heater, its primary purpose being to provide hot water for your home. However, you’ve probably experienced their downsides — for instance, waiting for the water to heat up again after a family member takes a long shower or soak in the bathtub.
For people looking for a more compact, efficient system, the Southern Air team recommends looking into purchasing a tankless water heater! They offer the same amount of hot water as a traditional heater, all while lowering utility costs and being energy efficient.
Before we delve into the pros and cons of tankless water heaters, it’s essential to understand the difference between storage heaters and tankless.
This type of water heater essentially functions as a storage tank for all the hot water in your home. Storage tanks can usually hold 30-60 gallons of water, depending on the household size and how much hot water a homeowner desires to use. The average home has a water heater that holds about 50 gallons of water.
To figure out how much hot water you and your family use, you can enlist the help of your plumber to help with calculations.
Storage water tanks use electricity, natural gasses, oil or propane to continuously heat the water in the tank, ideally allowing it to be available at all times. However, this also means you’re paying for hot water 24/7, even when you aren’t using it.
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, do not have a tank, nor do they store hot water. Instead, water runs through the unit and is heated up through a heat exchanger to increase the temperature rapidly. This process is done with the help of electricity, natural gas or propane.
Because tankless water heaters only heat up water when you need it, they don’t require 24/7 energy to keep a tank of water hot. These heaters vary in size — the average being about 2 feet tall and over a foot wide. Because of their small size, they can be mounted on walls and fit into more discreet areas of your home.
Are you looking for professional HVAC and plumbing services? Southern Air has your back. Our team consists of licensed technicians and friendly customer service to ensure all your needs are met, not just whatever needs fixing. To learn more about what we offer, give us a call today.
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