When homeowners need reliable hot water, there are two general equipment types to choose from: storage tank water heaters or tankless water heaters.
Each unit functions in its own way to heat water and deliver the hot water your family needs for various activities throughout your home.
There is no one right choice. The best water heater selection for your home depends on several variables specific to your household and hot water supply needs.
Let’s look at the basics of each model to introduce you to your hot water heater options of tankless and traditional water heaters so you can make an informed decision.
Tankless Water Heater Energy Efficiency
Energy.gov states that water heaters are the third highest energy consumer in the average home.
The Department of Energy estimates homeowners save approximately $100 per year on energy costs when they use a tankless water heater versus a tank model. Homes that average daily hot water use of 41 gallons or less save up to 34 percent on energy bills versus storage tank water heaters.
A tankless water heater produces hot water only when you need it. When you turn on the faucet, water is heated on the spot as it flows through pipes heated by either a powerful gas burner or electric coils.
By heating water only when you need it, you reduce energy loss and increase efficiency.
Tank Water Heater Energy Efficiency
Using natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, or propane, tank water heaters continuously heat water to always keep a full tank ready. That means you’re paying to have hot water whether you need it or not.
This is not to say that storage tank water heaters cannot be energy efficient. Gas is typically more inexpensive to operate compared to using electricity, because natural gas prices are usually lower.
A high energy efficiency tank water heater uses up to 8 percent less energy to do its job versus lower energy efficiency options.
The savings is achieved through better insulation and more efficient components, resulting in lower utility bills.
Tank or Tankless, which is Best for You?
Every home needs a reliable hot water source, and this is achieved with either style of water heater. We’ll break down some of the models we use at Intown Plumbing to help you find your water heater solution.
Rheem® ProTerra Hybrid-Electric Water Heater
Homeowners don’t have to choose between sustainability goals and enjoying hot water. The Rheem® ProTerra® Hybrid Electric Water Heater is the most efficient water heater on the market, helping homeowners save up to $491 per year in energy costs.
How it Works
The ProTerra Hybrid Electric water heater pulls heat energy from the air around it to heat water, making it the most efficient water heater on the market.
This water heater is full of smart features you will love, from built-in Wi-Fi to an exclusive LeakGuard™ leak detection and prevention feature and an automatic water shut-off valve.
It is a self-cleaning unit that reduces sediment buildup to prolong tank life and maintain the water heater’s efficiency and tank capacity. It also comes with a 10-year limited tank and parts warranty.
Rheem® Marathon® Electric Water Heaters
Its award-winning construction makes the Marathon® water heater the most durable Rheem® electric water heater ever made.
How it Works
The Rheem® Marathon® has a seamless, blow-molded, polybutene tank that is impervious to rust and corrosion.
Marathon® non-metallic electric water heaters are durable, lightweight, and warranted not to leak for as long as you own your home. A free warranty upgrade from 10 years to lifetime is available, if you register online.
The multiple layers of filament wound fiberglass give the tank unmatched strength and the polyurethane insulation helps reduce energy consumption.
The Rheem® Marathon® has two-and-a-half inches of polyurethane foam insulation that minimizes stand-by heat loss allowing only 5°F loss in 24 hours and in turn saves money on your energy bill.
Navien NPE-240A Tankless Water Heater
Navien NPE-240A high efficiency tankless water heaters provide endless hot water, all while keeping your utility bills low.
Navien tankless water heaters deliver a continuous flow of hot water for as long as you need it. No waiting for a tank to reheat more water, wasting time and energy.
Navien tankless water heaters have a built-in recirculation system allowing the unit to operate at minimal flow rates without the need for external pumps or controls.
It has dual stainless steel heat exchangers that deliver unmatched durability while resisting corrosion better than copper.
Tank and Tankless Water Heater Installation in Rockwall, TX
Whichever water heater you choose is best for your home, Intown Plumbing has the quality equipment you need. Our licensed plumbing team installs your new tank or tankless water heater to deliver reliable hot water for your home.
When it’s time to replace your water heater, contact us to learn more about your options and to request an estimate!