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Water Heaters: The Difference Between Tankless & Conventional

Ears up, Myrtle Beach area friends, Cool Cat is back with a big question for you. How HOT do you want it? I’m not talking about the weather here folks (cough, Irma). I’m talking about your bubble bath, your steamy shower, your muscle-relaxing hot soak after that intense CrossFit workout… I’m talking about your hot water! If your hot water isn’t packing the heat you need, that’s not coooool. Read on for the hot news about water heater options and what the cats over at Carolina Cool can do to keep things steamy for ya.

What’s Hot About Tankless Water Heaters?
Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters. They heat up water when you use it so you have an unlimited flow of hot water for that extra-long shower. Tankless water heaters can use either electric or gas to heat water so no worries about converting to a different power source if you decide to go tankless. Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase than conventional storage tank water heaters, but you save some impressive cabbage by going tankless–an average of $100 per year. Aside from being more energy-efficient, they also have a longer life expectancy of 20 years or more. Conventional tank water heaters last around 10 years, possibly up to 15 years if you are really up on regular maintenance from Carolina Cool.

What’s not so hot about going tankless? Because the water is heated as you use it, the flow rate of your hot water may be slower than you’re used to from old rusty tank. Most people adjust pretty easily to the change in flow rate. Tankless systems can also struggle if you try to use hot water for multiple things at the same time. Say, if you’re steaming it up in the shower and the wife drops your uniforms in the washing machine, that could be cooooool in the wrong way. To shore up the hot water supply, lots of cats opt for two or more tankless heaters–one for regular hot water needs like showers and a second for appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher.

Tankless also varies in how much you save based on the fuel source. Electric tankless systems save the most energy and money. Tankless systems that use gas can result in less savings depending on if it uses a constant pilot light (less efficient) or an intermittent ignition device (more efficient). However, any tankless system will save you money over conventional storage water heaters.

What’s Not Hot About Conventional Water Heaters?
Conventional water heaters are the standard storage tank style water heaters that are still the most popular style. While new manufacturing standards for this style of water heater went into effect back in April of 2015 to bring up the energy-efficiency and bring down operating costs, it’s still a big holding tank of hot water that has to be kept hot, so it’s constantly cycling to maintain temperature and using up energy. Not to mention that the hot water runs out on you–that’s just cooooold. You can choose models with more insulation and extra features if you want to stick with tradition, though.

Carolina Cool Keeps It HOT For Ya!
Whether you go tankless or traditional, the cats at Carolina Cool can help you choose a model that works for you, install it, perform regular maintenance, and fix it if you ever have a problem. They also have the high-tech equipment and expertise to take care of hot water circulation systems, solar-powered water heating solutions and commercial boilers. These cats have you covered with residential and commercial service, new installs, repairs and maintenance too. The crew of top-notch pros at Carolina Cool provide reliable, same-day service and 24/7 emergency service. No matter what you need, Carolina Cool brings the heat!