Let’s be honest, most people don’t really think or care much about what kind of water heater they have in their homes as long as it provides hot water for them when they need it. That’s the thing, though: not every water heater is going to work the same way in every situation. The kind of water heater you install in your home actually has quite a large impact, which is why you should consider the various options and the benefits each can provide.
Tank water heaters are the most common water heater type available on the market. They consist of a large storage tank which can hold up to 100+ gallons of water depending on the model. These kinds of water heaters stay operating in some capacity day and night, ensuring that they always have a standing supply of hot water available in case you need it.
While tank water heaters are certainly the most convenient in terms of how much hot water they can provide at any given time, they do have some drawbacks. The first drawback is that it physically takes more space to install a tank water heater than to install a tankless one. This isn’t a problem in many homes, but in some the lack of available space for a massive tank precludes installing one of these systems. The second problem is that staying on at all times wastes energy, which adds to the operating cost of the system. For some, these things are worth having hot water available at a moment’s notice at all times. For others, it’s worth considering other options.
Tankless water heaters don’t use storage tanks, only activate when they are needed, and heat water on its way to the faucet. This obviously alleviates the disadvantages of using a tank water heater, which is why people tend to install them. You can save a lot of money in energy costs over the course of a year by using a tankless water heater. However, you should know that tankless systems are not perfect for every scenario, either. There is a slight delay between when you turn on a faucet and when hot water arrives. Tankless water heaters are also more easily overwhelmed than tank water heaters, which makes them less than ideal for households where multiple people need to use hot water at once.
Heat pump water heaters occupy a nice middle space between tank and tankless water heaters in terms of output and energy efficiency. A heat pump water heater is a tank water heater that includes a heat pump coil. During operation, the system will absorb thermal energy from the area around the water heater and use it to help heat the water in the tank. This is a great option if you have the space for it.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive water heater installation services throughout Kansas City, MO. If you need help selecting a new water heater, contact us today for an appointment.