Lets Compare Water Heaters

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by rwilliamsdel

If you are looking to install a new water heater for your home, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what is available to you and what your household’s needs are. There are four common kinds of water heating units you should consider.

1. Tankless Water Heaters

Save energy and moneyKnown also as on-demand water heaters, tankless water heating units do not constantly store hot water but heat water only when you want them to.

This means there is no waste of energy. If your household doesn’t have a high demand for hot water, this might be the right kind of water heater for you.

You can choose to have them as the only source of water for your home, or you can complement them with a traditional system.


  • Due to its limited flow, it is capable of reducing consumption of fuel by up to 30%. However, this depends on AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of the equipment and BTU input.
  • Provides unlimited capacity
  • Can be mounted on the wall, therefore saving on space especially where space is an issue
  • Saves energy

2. Gas Water Heaters

These kinds of units are not only reliable but also ready should you need them. They are able to reheat up to nearly 40% faster than electric models.

Gas heaters tend to have greater efficiency ratings compared to electric water heaters that have the same storage capacity.

Therefore, it would be better to buy a gas unit with a smaller storage tank rather than electric unit with equivalent rating. As precaution, these water heaters should not be insulated on top or even within roughly 8 inches of the tank’s bottom.

However, one disadvantage is since gas water heaters have to reheat the water when it cools down, they can really waste water and energy.

3. Indirect Hot Water Heaters

Gas FlameThe indirect system has a boiler that heats both your water as well as your living space.

Although costlier than ordinary storage tank heaters, these heaters tend to have improved efficiency and higher capacity.

Since they are normally made using stainless steel, these heaters also have longer lifespans.

Their large capacity makes them the best option for larger homes as well as hot tubs. They are also great for use in condos because they save space.

4. Electric Water Heaters

Following the drop in electric prices in the 50’s, these types of hot water heaters have become more appealing to people. Also, their installation cost as well as initial cost was cheaper compared to solar water heaters.

However, compared to gas models, electric types are slow to recover. However, since they require little maintenance, their upkeep is a lot easier.

As a home owner, it is important to know the different types of hot water heating units out there as well as their pros and cons. This enables you to make a more informed decision regarding the best water heater to install in your home.

When you are in need of a new water heater whether it’s tankless, electric or gas call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to get you back up and running with a new water heater fast.

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