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Tanked vs. Tankless: Which Water Heater Is For You?

October 26, 2023 | Blog

Even in the Natchitoches heat, a hot shower is simply a must-have. The complicated part is choosing what type of water heater to install in your home. While tanked and tankless water heaters serve the same purpose, there are some key differences between them that can help you choose which one is perfect for you!

At Axsom Air, we understand the need for hot water all year round. Here on our team, we believe every customer is family, and we want to make sure your home is in the best hands. Our team offers expert advice on both Natchitoches water heater replacement and installation. Read on to learn more about which water heater best suits your needs!

Key Differences Between Tanked And Tankless Water Heaters

When it comes to ensuring a reliable supply of hot water in your home, the choice between tanked and tankless water heaters can significantly impact efficiency, convenience and energy usage. Here are three areas to consider when making the decision for your space.

Water Heater Sizes

Tanked water heaters store water in tanks that are normally about five feet tall and two feet wide. While they are typically tucked away in a basement or closet, a problem may arise if there is not enough space available in the home to store a bulkier water heater.

Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, average about two feet tall and one foot wide. They attach to the wall, making it easy to store your water heater closer to spaces that require a large amount of hot water. These heaters are perfect for homes that prefer or require a more efficient use of space.

Energy Efficiency

Inside tanked water heaters, water is kept hot at all times even when it is not being used. This makes it easy to access hot water quickly when needed. However, once the tank’s hot water is used up, tanked heaters take some time to heat and provide more hot water to the home.

On the other hand, tankless water heaters heat water on demand when you need it. This is a more efficient use of electricity and will likely save money over time. However, because the hot water isn’t stored and is only heated on demand, it may take longer for water to warm up when needed.

Investing In A Water Heater

The initial installation cost for a tanked water heater is often lower than that of a tankless water heater installation. However, the annual cost of maintaining tanked heaters is higher, and they typically need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

While tankless water heaters require a higher initial investment, they require a lower annual operating cost. They also last about 10 years longer than tanked water heaters, saving homeowners money in replacement costs over time.

Which Water Heater Should I Install?

With these key differences in mind, here are some questions to consider when deciding whether a tanked or a tankless water heater is the better option for you.

  • How much space is available for a water heater in my home?
  • How quickly do I need hot water, and how many people are in my household?
  • How much money do I want to invest in a water heater?

After answering these questions, the information above – and the experts at Axsom Air – can help you make the best water heater installation choice for your home!

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Whether you choose to install a tanked or a tankless water heater, Axsom Air has your back! Our team of plumbers are here to answer your questions and take care of your water heater replacement and installation needs. Contact us today for quality, customer-friendly service!

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