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Not All Water Heaters Are the Same

When you’re shopping for a new home or you’re looking for ways to improve your home’s quality, it’s important that there’s a powerful water heater available. However, homeowners rarely ask about the type of water heater they’re investing in, and more about whether it works or not. While a tank water heater can absolutely work well and is the most common system you’ll see, it’s not the be-all-end-all water heating system.

There are other water heating systems out there, and some of them might be better suited for your home, your family, or your energy needs. If you’re looking at a new home or are investing in a water heater in Danville, CA, then we highly suggest you talk to us. Our team can walk you through some of the newer, budding technology in this field and set you up for success in the next decade.

Why We Choose Tanks

Tank water heaters are the overwhelmingly most common type of system. This makes sense. If you think in your head how you would go about heating a large amount of water, you’d probably instantly think of putting a pot of water on the stove. It’s actually more similar to that than you might think!

Water has a high specific heat, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat water, but that water also retains heat very easily. It’s why boiler systems are common heating units, and why humid air is much easier to heat than dry air. A tank water heater uses this principle to its advantage, heating a large tank full of water and keeping as much of the heat inside the tank throughout the day as possible. These systems have gotten incredibly powerful and efficient in the past few years.

The Advent of Tankless Technology

While tank water heaters work well, they’re susceptible to some pretty obvious problems. For starters, no matter how tightly contained the water is, heat will always escape throughout the day. This is what we call “standby heat loss” and it’s unavoidable with a tank water heater. Likewise, homeowners often complain about how tank water heaters run out of hot water, leaving you cold and angry in the shower. This is an unfortunate reality when it comes to tank water heating systems.

Tankless technology avoids those two problems. It superheats the water as it enters your home, so that you get immediate access to hot water without any risk of standby heat loss throughout the day. Also, it heats the water as it enters your home, so as long as you have access to energy or fuel, and the incoming water, you’ve got nearly unlimited hot water.

Which Is Right for You?

Tankless water heaters are usually more expensive to install than tank water heaters. That being said, tankless systems require fewer repairs on average because they have less contact with the water. Think about all of these factors when deciding which system is right for you, so you can feel good about your budget and your home comfort.

We think it’s time you called Comfy Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. for your new water heater system in Danville.

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