Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Is your water heater broken?  Do you feel like your current water heater isn’t meeting your household needs?  There are many choices available, but which one is right for you?  We can help you make the best choice for your home.

Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters hold a specific amount of heated water, usually 40-50 gallons. Once you’ve gone through that water, the tank is filled again with new water and that water is heated and stored.

A tankless or on demand water heater heats water only at the time it is being used, instead of storing pre-heated water in a tank. Therefore, the energy needed to heat the water is only at the time and for the duration that the water is in demand.

There are pros and cons to both.  Traditional water heaters may work consistently with low pressure, but frequently use energy to keep the water in the tank hot at all times. Tankless water heaters usually operate less, but some have limitations with running many hot water appliances at once.  The right choice depends on your specific home’s needs.

There are a couple of brands that we recommend.

Eternal on Demand Water Heater

Eternal’s triple pass design provides endless hot water to multiple applications with minimal pressure drop. It has a stainless steel heat exchanger with a 2 gallon reserve tank. It has a patented self-cleaning system that utilizes turbulent flow to flush sediments out. The efficiency rating is up to 98% and exceeds Energy Star levels.

Eternal Hybrid Tank Heater

This heater takes up 35% LESS space than your standard tank water heater.  It holds 20 gallons of hot water, but can produce up to 70% more hot water than a standard tank, with no wait time!  With its 96% efficient Hybrid Heat Exchanger and extra dense insulation, this is a great choice for any home.

Rinnai Tankless Water Heater

This energy efficient water heating system uses a gas powered heat exchanger to heat water on demand.  This system can be used in residential and commercial applications to supply endless hot water to multiple water sources simultaneously.  This system can deliver 240 gallons or more per hour with no recovery time.

Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless

This system combines on demand hot water with an efficient storage tank.  You will get twice the capacity of a traditional 50 gallon tank.  This can be used in residential and light weight commercial applications.

 

Just remember that it’s a combination of factors that contribute to your family’s comfort. Be sure to think about all the pros and cons, your home, lifestyle and family situation… and you will make the best decision for yourself. Then the winner will always be you.

Who is Finish Line you ask?

Finish Line Heating and Cooling is a full service HVAC company specializing in installation and service of residential and small commercial systems. We focus on creating systems that satisfy our customers specific comfort needs. We can handle everything from design and installation of a system in a newly constructed home or commercial property to retrofitting a system to accommodate the unique design of an existing structure.

At Finish Line Heating and Cooling we strive to provide our customers with prompt, friendly, professional service. We offer a variety of top quality, affordable, reliable, energy efficient options to meet each of our customer’s needs as well as fit their budget. As a family owned and operated business in the Denver metro area for over 15 years, we are proud to offer a high level of personal service to our customers.

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