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Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth The Money?

water heater choices west virginiaA water heater can is an important investment in your home comfort – a piece of equipment you will rely on daily for more than a decade. That’s why it’s so important to make a choice you can live with when the time comes to replace your water heater.

One of the most important considerations you’ll have to make is whether you should stick with a conventional, storage-type water heater or upgrade to propane tankless water heater model. We’ve put together this short primer to help you understand the pros and cons of each type of water heater.

Tankless Water Heater Basics

A tankless water heater works by running water through a high-powered heat exchanger to instantly heat the water you need – and only the water you need (they are often called “on-demand” water heaters, for obvious reasons).

Pros

Cons

Conventional Water Heater Basics

When most people think of a water heater, this is the type of model they think of. Their components include an insulated tank that typically holds anywhere from 30 to 50 gallons of water, and a burner housed within it that heats and reheats water to have it ready for use.

Storage-tank water heaters use natural gas or electricity for their fuel. Gas water heaters use almost 50 percent less energy to operate than electric models, but cost more upfront than the latter.

Storage water heater pros

Storage water heater cons

Water Heater Choice Summary

If you can bite the bullet and pay the additional up-front costs for a propane tankless water heater, it will pay for itself in the long run in the form of lower bills and a longer useful life – especially if you have a larger home and family. On the other hand, a storage-type water heater might make more sense if money is tight, or if you only use a limited amount of hot water (if you’re single or a couple with no children, for example).

Need help choosing a water heater for your West Virginia or western Maryland home? Roach Energy is here for you. Contact us today to learn more about propane water heaters and propane tankless water heater installations in WV and western MD!