CHOOSING THE BEST WATER HEATERS
Are you having difficulty in deciding whether it’s better to go with conventional storage water heaters in your Washington DC home or spend a little more and get one of those new electric tankless water heaters? In this article, a side-by-side comparison will be done between these two types of water heaters and after weighing the pros and cons of each, you might be able to make a decision on which water heating system you want to use in your home.
Washington DC water heaters need to constantly heat up their water tanks so that there will always be hot water on standby whenever you need it. The heaters turn on when the thermostat built inside these systems sense that the temperature of the water gets too cold and then turn up the heat until the water gets hot again. This constant heating of the stored water means that these kinds of water heaters are constantly consuming energy even if the hot water is not used for a long time.
With tankless water heaters you can save money on your electricity bill because it only heat up the water at the very time that you need hot water. The heater only operates when the hot water is turned on at the tap, thus it only needs electricity when you need hot water. When you are out of the house or in vacation, the hot water heater remains off until the next time that you need it; this makes it very energy saving.
Running out of hot water has always been an issue in storage water heaters. Because there is a limited amount of hot water in the tank at one time there is a possibility that the hot water will run out when you need it the most. Although this problem can be remedied by using a bigger water tank, you will still run out of hot water eventually, especially if you have a large family and you are the unfortunate last one that gets to take a bath every morning.
Tankless water heaters can guarantee a limitless amount of hot water. Unlike conventional hot water heaters that store hot water in tanks before dispersing it out of the tap, tankless heaters heat up the water as they pass through the system itself. Because the water is heated on their way to you from the main water line, you can enjoy having long hot showers every day without having to fear about running out of hot water.
You can expect to pay upwards of $150 for a regular electric storage water heating system including installation. Tankless water heaters are more expensive, they cost almost twice that of regular water heaters, this is why most people still prefer to use conventional heaters. But if you compute the operating costs of the two types of heaters, you will find that tankless heaters can earn you your money back due to increased energy saving, making them viable choices for homes.
So based on the comparison done above, even though the initial investment on tankless water heaters is considerably higher, they are still the more cost-effective choice.