You keep hearing the terms tankless and tank water heater. But what do they mean? What are the differences? How do you know which water heater is best for you? No worries, as we will break down the differences between the two below.
Tank Water Heater
The most commonly seen water heater, it is the storage tank you see in your parents’ basement or garage. The tank stores heated water until it is needed, then automatically refills when water is taken out. Tank water heaters come in many forms: electric, standard, gas, heat pump, high recovery. You can add on a water booster to get hotter water quicker. A downside of a tank water heater is that if the tank is completely depleted, you have to wait for it to refill again.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters often look like large thermostats and have longer lifespans than tank water heaters. They don’t store water, and instead only heat water when needed. This makes for a more energy efficient water heater, but you get a way more limited amount of hot water than you would with a storage tank. Tankless water heaters cannot be used to draw hot water for multiple things at once, like trying to draw a bath while washing clothes. A tank water heater can, which is something to keep in mind. If you are limited on space or want to save more on your energy bill, than a tankless water heater is more for you.