Types of Water Heaters & Their Benefits

Types of Water Heaters & Their Benefits

All modern homes, and their residents, need water heaters. These fixtures provide hot water for bathing, cleaning, and cooking, and most people cannot imagine life without such conveniences. Several types of water heaters—including electric, gas, and tankless models—exist on the market, and each offers unique benefits. However, no system can deliver its complete advantages if it’s old and worn. So, get in touch with a water heater installation and repair service to ensure your system’s functioning properly.

At Argent Heating & Cooling, our customers and referrals have trusted us to keep their homes comfortable throughout the Washington, DC, Metro area. Our team offers a breadth of comprehensive experience in heating & cooling that will keep your family and home safe for years to come. We have served the community since 1975, so you can trust us to perform an efficient water heater repair or installation in no time!

Below, we discuss the different types of water heaters and their benefits:

  • Electric
    The most popular option, electric water heaters are affordable, reliable, and easy to install. They come in two major varieties: storage tank and tankless.

    The former has a large tank that heats and holds hot water until it is needed, while the latter generates hot water on-demand. Both types are ENERGY STAR certified, energy-efficient, and come with a lower price tag than gas heaters.

  • Gas
    The most popular type of water heater for homes with large families or multiple bathrooms, gas water heaters are affordable, reliable, and generate hot water quickly. Gas water heaters come in the same varieties as electric: storage tank and tankless.

    Again, storage tank models heat and hold water while tankless models generate hot water on-demand. Although once the “traditional” option, mechanical improvements have made gas water heaters even more efficient than their electric counterparts.

  • Tankless
    While we’ve already mentioned tankless water heaters, we distinguish them here due to their increasing popularity. No matter their energy source, tankless models generate hot water when only when needed, so they suit homes with limited storage space. Their energy efficiency also saves you money on utility bills. Tankless models are becoming the preferred choice of homeowners because they last longer, require less space, and heat water quicker than traditional storage tank models.

How to Choose the Right Water Heater for Your Home

When choosing a new water heater, consider your needs and budget. We list a few tips here on how to choose the right water heater for your home:

  • Size
    Electric storage tank models work best in large homes with plenty of space, while gas and electric tankless models suit smaller homes with limited storage space. You should size your preferred water heater appliances before purchasing them as well.

  • Budget
    Electric storage tank models are the most affordable, while gas and electric tankless models tend to run more expensive. Determine your family’s needs to narrow down which water heater type will suit your needs. Also, collect an estimate of the operating and upkeep costs and compare them to your other options before purchase.

  • Climate
    If you live in a cold climate, seek a water heater that can generate enough hot water to meet your needs. Gas water heaters work best for cold climates, as they generate more heat than electric models.

  • Lifestyle
    If you tend to take long showers or baths, you need a large water heater that can accommodate that practice. If not, a smaller model may be sufficient. If you find yourself in a bind or your water heater is malfunctioning, allow our team to inspect your water heater and get it functioning properly!

Book a Water Heater Installation or Repair Service in the Washington, DC, Metro Area

Water Heater Installation Washington DC Metro Area

Without the proper water heater knowledge and skill, a water heater installation or repair is extremely difficult. So, allow Argent Heating & Cooling to help sustain the life of your water heater with regular maintenance. If you encounter consistent issues, you may need a new water heater installation. We offer free estimates and would be happy to help you choose the right water heater for your home.

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