Having recently purchased a residential property in Columbia, your next consideration will naturally be to select the kind of water heater to install. Currently, there are two kinds of water heaters available in the market – Tankless water heaters and Storage water heaters. Each heater has its own advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately the decision will come down to the factors that are most important to you. In this article, we will take a brief look at the features that each water heater provides to homeowners.
Most storage water heaters today can hold anywhere between 20 and 120 gallons of water, and are integrated with gas burners or electrical heaters. Storage water heaters take time to heat up large amounts of water, thereby forcing homeowners to plan and schedule their hot water consumption. One of the main disadvantages with storage water heaters is that they often lose a significant amount of heat through the walls of the storage tank. As such, they represent a less than ideal option in terms of energy efficiency.
The primary advantage with tankless water heaters is that they can provide an unlimited flow of hot water, immediately. Since there is no storage tank, heat loss is also greatly reduced. Studies have shown that tankless water heaters help homeowners save over 20% of energy than their storage alternatives. However, since tankless water heaters require water to passed through a single unit, this limits the number of faucets or showers that can be operated simultaneously.
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