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Water Heater FAQ: Should I Go Tankless?

question-markTake a moment to consider all of the appliances and systems that you use in order to keep your home comfortable and your life convenient. Now ask yourself this. Do you rely on any of them more than your water heater? Yes, you need your air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable in the summer season, and your heater is there to ensure that you are warm and cozy in the winter. However, at no point does your water heater in Everett, WA get a break. It is working hard for you each and every day.

Not only do you want to ensure that your water heater is working effectively and reliably, but efficiently as well. This is why so many homeowners are turning to tankless water heater these days. The tankless water heater, like any other appliance, is not right for every home or every homeowner, though. Consider the following information, and feel free to contact us with any questions that you have about your water heater options. 

What About the Price?

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, you are correct in your assessment of the pricing of tankless water heaters. Preliminary research before investing in a new system will reveal that tankless water heaters are in fact more expensive than tank water heaters. Why, then, would you opt for an inherently more expensive appliance? Because of the opportunity for long term savings.

If you are looking for the most affordable option upfront, then you may want to stick with a tank water heater. However, if you are interested in saving money in the long term, then you should definitely consider the use of a tankless water heater. It may take a while, but you can eventually recoup that initial investment and then reap the benefits of ongoing savings.

Efficiency and Lifespan

Tankless water heaters are as popular as they are for a reason, and that is the efficiency with which they operate. While tank water heaters store hot water in a storage tank, tankless systems simply heat the water that you need as they need it. This means that there is no risk of standby energy loss as hot water idles in a tank until you need to use it.

Now, tank water heaters today are more efficient than ever before, and standby energy loss is not as severe as it once was. Because tankless water heaters also last much, much longer than tank systems, though, they are a great investment for homeowners that plan on being in their homes for some time to come. The savings may not be immediate as you recoup that initial expense, but tankless water heaters typically last 20-25 years. That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the reduced energy consumption that such systems offer.

Ultimately, the type of water heater most appropriate for any home is going to vary. We simply recommend that you consider all of your options before you go and choose your new system.

If you have any questions, contact the water heater professionals at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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