Why A Traditional Water Tank Heater Might Be The Best Choice For Your Family

If you've been shopping for a new water heater recently, you've no doubt been hearing a lot about the new tankless systems. Granted, such systems offer a lot of advantages. Chief among these is the fact that, with a tankless system, you're not paying to heat water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Such systems also take up less space in your home. However, as energy-efficient as a tankless system can be, this type of water heating system isn't the best choice for every family. There are some good reasons for staying with the traditional water tank.

Reasons to choose a traditional water storage tank

1. Less expensive. While tankless water heating systems will generally save you money in the long run, this type of system is initially quite a bit more expensive than a traditional water tank. According to "Consumer Reports" magazine, the average tankless system costs between $800 and $1,150. That compares to between $300 and $480 for a traditional water tank. A tankless system is also more complicated (and thus more expensive) to install. "Consumer Reports" estimated that the average installation cost for a tankless system to be around $1,200, compared to $300 for a traditional system.

2. Handles multiple demands well. Another reason to opt for a traditional water heater is if your family tends to use a lot of faucets and/or water outlets at the same time. For instance, if you often have one person taking a shower while another does dishes, and yet another does the laundry, you're probably better off with a traditional system. Funneling hot water to multiple water outlets at the same time is not something that a tankless system does well.

3. No delays. A tankless water heater produces hot water by running tap water through a series of super-heated coils. Though this process doesn't take a long time, it doesn't give you instantaneous hot water like a traditional system does.

4. Requires less maintenance. A tankless system requires regular, annual maintenance by a plumber to flush out mineral deposits and scale. Conversely, a traditional system needs to be flushed less frequently, and most homeowners can easily do this task themselves.

Although a tankless water heating system offers a lot of energy-saving advantages, such a system is not the best choice for every household. For families on a tight budget and those who use a lot of different water outlets at the same time, a traditional water tank heater might be a wiser choice. For more information and help making your decision, you may want to contact a local plumber


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