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Choosing a Water Heater: Plumber Tips

tankless-water-heaterWhat is the one appliance that works the hardest in your house? Your dishwasher? The oven? Maybe, if you’re a serious cook, you value these above all else. The fact of the matter, though, is that you need hot water for washing your dishes, right? As well as your laundry, your countertops, and your own body. If you ask us, the water heater in your home is definitely right up there with the hardest working of them all. That is why choosing your new water heater as carefully as possible is so very important.

In order to choose your water heater carefully, of course, you need to get to know your options. That is the focus of today’s blog post. Review the following information, and be sure to speak with a plumber on our team if you have any question regarding your water heater options. When you schedule your water heater services with one of our plumbers in Las Vegas, you’ll definitely get the outstanding results that you’re after. 

Tank Water Heaters

Available in both gas and electric models, it only makes sense that you’d consider the tank water heater when choosing a new system for your home. In fact, when most people hear the term “water heater,” this is precisely the type of system that they’ll think of first. They have much to offer.

Storing hot water in a tank means that it’s there for you when you need it. Your system will maintain this reservoir at all times, and having a properly sized tank water heater in your home limits the risk of running out of hot water when there is a high demand. They are quite affordable, as well.

That doesn’t mean that the tank water heater is ideal for everyone, though. They require some storage space, of course, and they suffer standby energy loss. This is a phenomenon in which heat from the water stored in the tank moves through that tank and into the cooler air surrounding it. Now, modern tanks are more efficient than ever, and they can be further insulated, but it is something to take into consideration.

Tankless Water Heaters

How do you avoid standby energy loss entirely? By eliminating the need for a tank altogether. How is that possible? By opting instead for a tankless water heater!

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, as you call for it at a hot water tap, in the shower, etc. They take up very little space, and can be installed in a utility closet easily. They are very efficient, as there is no standby energy loss.

However, they are also much more expensive than tank water heaters. That doesn’t mean that you should just overlook them, though. While more expensive than tank models, they also last longer — up to 25 years, typically — and over time the energy savings really add up.

If you have any questions about the water heaters available to you, give The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas a call. 

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