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Are Tankless Water Heaters Always the Best Choice for a Home?

Tankless water heaters receive a lot of praise and hype for their unique benefits. But does that mean a tankless water heater is always the best choice? Not necessarily. There are many times when a tank water heater offers benefits that a tankless system cannot.

When you’re ready to schedule water heater installation in Grosse Pointe, MI, give our team a call. We can talk you through your options and help you choose the right water heater for your home and family, whether it’s a tankless or tank model.

Pros of a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is unique because it offers nearly an endless supply of hot water to your home. As long as you have a water source coming into your home, your tankless water heater can provide hot water for as long as you need it.

This is unique because with a tank water heater you only have as much hot water at any given time as what will fit in that tank. Some homeowners choose to install additional tanks to overcome this problem, but the supply of hot water will never be endless like it is with a tankless water heater that heats water on demand.

This method of heating water on demand also provides the benefit of lower energy costs for heating water. When you have a hot water tank the system is keeping water hot around the clock so that you have a supply of hot water whenever you need it.

Even if you only use hot water once in a 24-hour period, your tank is still working hard to keep that water hot. With a tankless water heater, water is only heating up when you are actively using it. The result is lower energy costs.

Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters also have a few negatives that you need to consider. Even though you have a nearly endless supply of hot water, you may experience low water pressure if you’re using hot water in more than one place at a time. For example, if you have your washing machine turned on and using hot water while you also run the dishwasher and take a shower, the water pressure in all three locations may be lower. 

The water coming from your shower head may not be as strong as it usually is since water is being spread between three different places in your home. Even though a more traditional tank water heater doesn’t have an endless supply of hot water, you can use hot water and multiple sources at the same time without any impact to the water pressure. 

A tank water heater is also usually less expensive upfront for installation. A tankless water heater is a more expensive investment with savings that extend over the life of the unit. A tank water heater is the opposite. You may spend a little more for heating water over time, but the installation is cheaper. Plus, if you already have a tank water heater, replacing it with another one makes the process simple.

It comes down to your individual needs. The pros of one particular water heater option may way out the cons for you. Even within choosing a tank or tankless water heater there is still a variety of options, and our team can help you pick the best one.

Contact Charter Home Comfort today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for water heater service. Old fashioned values with tech savvy results! 

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