San Diego Water Heaters
In the market for a new water heater? Arnett’s has you covered. Before you start shopping, it may help to do some basic research. The first thing to consider is whether you want a conventional water heater or a tankless on-demand water system.
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters use a tank to heat and store water. They can typically hold 20-80 gallons of hot water. Conventional water heaters are generally kept indoors, as they cannot tolerate harsh weather conditions. They require more space than tankless water heaters, and will need an area the size of a small closet for housing.
While the initial costs of purchasing and installing a conventional water heater are typically lower than those of tanked systems, you’ll likely spend more on conventional models over time.
Conventional water heaters heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature, regardless of your water needs. This can have a negative impact on your utility bill (especially during the winter months).
Another long-term cost relates to the higher turnover rate of conventional water heaters, which usually need replacing every 10-15 years. Additionally, when tanked systems malfunction, gallons of water can leak out, causing damage or flooding. An empty tank can take up to 45 minutes to refill, costing you quite a bit of time.
Tankless Water Heaters
The most noticeable difference between conventional and tankless water systems is the size. Tankless water heaters are smaller, so they require less space in your home. They can even be installed outside the house. Tankless water heaters are more efficient, and, depending on the model, can provide 13.8 gallons of hot water per minute on demand.
According to www.energy.gov, for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24-34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. In addition to their high efficiency, tankless water heaters also have longer lifespans—nearly twice as long as conventional models. Paired with a lengthy warranty period, tankless waters are the more economical choice in the long run.
If you’re still having trouble deciding which model best-suits your home or business, give us a call! With over 25 years of experience in the hot water business, we can help you choose the right system, right away. At Arnett’s, our top priority is making sure our customers are happy and comfortable with their water systems. It’s our pleasure to help you find the perfect water heater for you home or business.