Having a water heater is an investment that you should consider as a homeowner for your family’s comfort. But which type of water heater is best for your home?  As it turns out, the answer is not that simple and doing your research about the different products to find a water heater suitable for your family is important. The first thing that you should consider is whether you should get a tankless or a tank water heater. When choosing the right water heater for you, keep in mind about its cost, efficiency and longevity. To help you make a decision of what’s best for you, here are some comparisons that we compiled about the two types of water heaters.

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What are Tank storage water heaters?

The most commonly found water heater in most homes are tank storage water heaters. The main part of this type is the insulated tank that can store 30-50 gallons of water to heat and store it as needed. A pipe comes from the top that goes to the kitchen, bathroom, and sink to deliver hot water. There are two sources of energy for this type of water heater to function: natural gas and electricity.

What are Tankless water heaters?

Also known as demand-type water heaters, as the name implies, it provides hot water on demand or only as it is needed. As the hot water tap is turned on, the cold water travels through the pipe into the unit. Tankless water heaters also use gas or electricity for their fuel. A tankless water heater provides a constant supply of water without having to wait for the storage tank to fill up with hot water. 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Tank storage water heaters and tankless water heaters?

Since both types are not perfect and each has its own pros and cons, the following list is some advantages and disadvantages of Tank Storage water heater and tankless water heater that you should know to help you decide the best option for you.

Tank Storage Water Heater

PROSCONS
Lower initial costPreferable installed indoors
Simple operationEnergy is wasted on keeping a full tank at all times
Less costly maintenance and repairsShorter lifespan
Easy to installPotential for water leaks if heater malfunctions
Lifespan: 10- 15 yearsNo continuous flow of hot water
Tried and true systemHigher utility bills
Operates around the clockTakes a lot of space

Who should buy a Tank storage water heater?

If you have budget constraints, a tank storage water heater may be the way to go. This is also ideal for homes that have extra spaces for the installation of the tank.

Tankless Water heater  

PROSCONS
Saves you money over timeInitial cost is greater than the tank storage water heater
More energy efficientInstallation cost is expensive
 Last longer (20-30 years)Takes more time to install
Can be installed in small spacesLonger warranties
With available hot water all the time

Who should buy tankless water heaters?

Since the installation of tankless water heaters is costly, you have to consider if you have enough budget to purchase one and decide if you need to install a unit in only one bathroom or the entire house.  

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