Tankless vs. Storage Water Heaters: How to Choose the Best System for Your Neptune Home

Tankless vs. Storage Water Heaters: How to Choose the Best System for Your Neptune Home

Is it time to replace your hot water heater? It’s worth exploring tankless water heaters as a possibility if energy efficiency and long-term savings are important to you. Here’s a little more guidance to help you make the right decision for your Monmouth County home.

What Makes a Tankless Water Heater Different?

Traditional residential storage tank water heaters keep 2.5 to 70 gallons of water hot at one time. Then, when you want to take a shower, wash the dishes or do a batch of laundry, you get nice hot water right where you need it.

The trouble is once you exhaust the hot water supply, you have to wait up to an hour for the supply to replenish. You also spend money keeping water hot 24/7, even when you don’t need it for hours at a time.

Tankless water heaters are different. These units produce hot water on demand. When you turn the faucet, water travels through the tankless water heater and is rapidly heated by powerful electric coils or a gas burner. The unit shuts off shortly after you close the faucet.

What Are the Advantages of Going Tankless?

Tankless water heaters are best suited to homes where one hot water activity takes place at a time. More and more New Jersey homeowners are switching to tankless water heaters because they offer several prominent benefits over storage tanks:

  • Increased efficiency: Because there’s no standby heat loss, tankless water heaters perform up to 50 percent more efficiently, passing the savings directly on to you.
  • Limitless hot water: You may be restricted as to the number of hot-water activities you can do at once, but you could take an hour-long shower if you wanted and never run out of hot water. (Of course, if efficiency is your goal, hour-long showers aren’t recommended.)
  • Smaller footprint: If you live in a home where space is at a premium, the physically smaller size of a tankless unit is very appealing.

If a tankless water heater seems like a viable alternative to a wasteful storage tank, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. to learn more.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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