One of the great benefits of being a homeowner in this modern age is the fact that you have so many options available when it comes to investing in household appliances and comfort systems. Of course, the converse of this benefit is the fact that having so many options to choose from can actually make it difficult to choose your new systems and appliances with confidence. Your water heater in Cottonwood Heights, UT is surely one of the most heavily-used appliances in your home. With that in mind, you really want to take the time to ensure that you choose your system wisely. We’ll briefly discuss the merits of both tank and tankless water heaters below. Contact Design Comfort to schedule your water heater services.
Tank Water Heaters
The tank water heater is what most homeowners will likely envision when they think of a water heater. These systems maintain a reservoir of hot water at all times, which is stored in a storage tank. This is of great benefit in homes with high hot water demands, or in those in which hot water is frequently needed at different points of use, such as the laundry machine, dishwasher, and/or shower. Modern storage tanks are quite efficient, but even the most efficient are subject to some level of standby energy loss, in which heat from the water within the tank transfers out into the air surrounding it. This can lead to a level of inefficiency, as the water heater must then replace that lost thermal energy.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters eliminate the risk of standby energy loss entirely, as they do not store hot water in a tank. Instead, they heat water for use throughout the house in an on-demand fashion. This can help to conserve energy, but it does mean that such systems are also more prone to being overwhelmed at times of heavy use. However, they are also quite compact, which makes them great for tight spaces. They are also much more expensive initially than most tank models, but this price difference can be offset over the years via energy savings. Contact us with any questions that you may have.