Hot running water is something you count on in your home every day, which makes the water heater one of the most important systems in your home. Whether you need service for your current water heater or you need to purchase and install a new one, Northern Climate Control can do the job. We are licensed and insured experts in water heater installation, repair and maintenance.
Tank or Tankless?
Today there are options when choosing a water heater. The two main choices are: a conventional tank water heater or a tankless system.
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters store water in a tank at a preset temperature (usually about 120 degrees) and must reheat the water as it cools between uses. When you turn on your faucet, the hot water is pulled from the tank through the pipes and replaced with cold water that is then heated. Tanks are available in different capacities (measured in gallons) to accommodate your needs. The optimal size of your tank may depend on the size of your home and how much water might be needed at one time, e.g., multiple people taking showers in the morning, or running the dishwasher and washing machine simultaneously.
Conventional water heaters are generally powered by either electricity or gas and have a life expectancy of approximately 11 years. Water heaters continue to improve in energy efficiency. A newer energy-efficient model can save up to 7% in energy costs associated with heating your water.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are smaller than conventional heaters because they don’t store water. Instead, the water is heated on demand, which saves energy because only the water you are using is heated. They require a smaller footprint and can even be mounted on the wall. Tankless systems are generally more expensive to install than conventional tank systems. They may require larger gas lines, special venting or additional electric circuits, which add to the upfront cost. The savings come with increased energy efficiency as they reduce the cost of heating your water by up to 30%. Tankless systems also last longer than conventional tanks. You can expect a well-maintained system to last about 15-20 years.
Northern Climate Control offers free in-home or in-office analysis and estimates as well as a thorough examination of your issue and detailed explanation of the options that are best for you. Let us help you determine which system is right for you and your budget.