Hot water is a modern essential that every household relies on to improve their day-to-day life. Thanks to advancements in technology, we no longer have to rely on the bulky, energy-guzzling traits of a traditional water heater. But which is better for your home, the hybrid or the tankless water heater? C&C Slab, Leaks, and Plumbing has been helping Dallas residents make this decision for 20 plus years. Here are the key features you need to know about before choosing a hybrid or tankless water heater for your home.
How They Work
Hybrid and tankless water heaters are two very different appliances. Like traditional water heaters, hybrids have a tank and run on electricity. What makes them stand out is how they pull surrounding air into a converter that heats the water with a heat pump. Tankless water heaters can be powered by natural gas or electricity, and heat the water to its desired temperature.
Because tankless water heaters only use energy to heat the water when it is called for, it is the superior option for those wanting to host a more sustainable household. However, the hybrid water heater is still fairly energy efficient as it doesn’t have to generate its own heat like a traditional water heater does.
Hybrid water heaters need an open area and a fair amount of space to operate. To accommodate this, some houses may need to have electrical run to a different part of the home to reach the appliance. The compact size of a tankless water heater can save space, but to accommodate supplying hot water to multiple sources at once, it may require a larger gas line to be installed.
While tankless water heaters can save you money and space, they aren’t the best multitaskers. Heating the water only when it is called for can mean longer warm-up times, especially in the winter when the water is colder. So getting hot water to the shower, washing machine, and dishwasher, all at the same time, will likely produce varying results of water temperature. With hybrid water heaters, you never have to worry about running out of hot water. However, because the system heats the water from heat pulled from outside the tank, if it doesn’t have enough heat to pull, the water may not reach the temperature you need.
When you have decided which water heating system is best for your home, call C&C Slab, Leaks, and Plumbing for professional installation in the greater Dallas area. One call — we do it all. Get a free quote today!