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    What's the Difference Between Tankless and Traditional Water Heaters?

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  Smoak's Comfort Control

    Technician working on a water heater

    Tankless water heaters and traditional water heaters both have the same purpose: heat water. So what’s the big deal? Let’s look at the differences of these two systems:

    Tankless Water Heater

    The tankless water heater is often praised for its ability to provide an endless source of hot water. It has no tank, so it heats water as it passes through the heater. This can also result in energy savings because it does not keep a tank of hot water in reserve.

    Traditional Water Heater

    A traditional water heater uses a different plumbing technique to heat water. It holds water in its tank and constantly keeps it heated. This means fast access to hot water, but it also means that when the tank is empty, it will take time to heat a new tank of water. For small households, this type of tank may work well, and these water heaters tend to be less expensive and easier to maintain.

    So how do I decide?

    The best way to choose between a tankless or traditional water heater is based on two factors: household size and budget. For large households, the trend has been toward the tankless water heater because there is no wait for hot water. Multiple people can shower at once, and appliances like a dishwasher can be run at the same time that someone is showering. And though it is often more expensive to purchase and have installed, over time it can save money on energy costs. For smaller households, the traditional water heater seems to be a good option based on the amount of hot water used and the household’s total budget. 

    If you need help deciding on which water heater works best for you, contact Smoak’s Comfort Control today!


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