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What is the difference between tankless and traditional water heaters?

A traditional water heater stores water in a large tank – it’s what most have their homes. It heats from the bottom continuously and “holds” water at a certain temperature for future use. Even when you’re not home, your tank is being heated, continuously. The hot water at the top is what you use when you turn on the tap. It is possible to use up all the hot water in the tank during a period of high usage.

A tankless water tank system only makes hot water when you turn on your tap. When you turn on the tap, a sensor detects the water flow as the water enters the heater. This activates the burner, and water is circulated through the heat exchanger. It heats the water to the temperature you specify. When you turn off the tap, the unit shuts down. When you’re not using hot water, the tank-less system isn’t using energy. And whenever you want hot water, it’s there for you.

What kind of water heater do I need?

We install both conventional and tankless water heaters. Your Earth Temp HVAC technician will work closely with you to pair you with the heater that best matches your family’s needs. We encourage you to consider a tankless system. They’re smaller, more efficient, and you will never run out of hot water! They’re especially great for active households with lots of frequent showers, washing dishes and washing clothes.

If a conventional system works better for your household, we also supply and sell several sizes and brands of conventional hot water heaters.

How do costs compare between conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters?

A tankless water heater is more expensive than a conventional, but it will generally pay for itself in a few years by lowering your energy bill. In addition, a traditional water tank heater lasts about 10 years, but a tankless system, if maintained, it’s good for up-to to 20 years!

Homeowners in Niles, IL and Northwest suburbs can get a tax credit from Illinois Gas Services for purchasing an energy-efficient tankless water heater, which helps you bring down the cost even more.

What’s the main benefit(s) to a tankless water heater?

There are several benefits, and in consultation with an Earth Temp HVAC technician, a homeowner can decide which may make sense for them.

✔️ A tankless system takes up less space. A typical tankless unit will use less than half the space of a traditional tank system. If your looking for extra space in your home or business, a tankless system could be beneficial.
✔️ For large families consuming lots of hot water, a tankless system could make life easier. Wait times “between” showers or bathes by various members of the family can be eliminated.
✔️ On average, a tankless unit will last several years more than a traditional tank system.
✔️ A tankless unit is excellent for vacation homes or households that aren’t used on a daily basis. Unlike a traditional water tank system, instead of heating water 24 hours a day, seven days a week, resulting in wasted utilities, a tankless system only heats upon demand.

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