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Which Is Better: A Tankless Water Heater or a Hybrid Water Heater?

If you’re considering replacing your old storage tank water heater with one of the new varieties of more energy-efficient water heating technology, we think you’re off to a great start. The conventional gas-powered tank water heater can still do the job of providing sufficient heated water to a home, but with so many energy-conserving alternatives that will do just as well at keeping your family supplied with hot water, there’s no reason not to look into them.

There are two very popular energy-efficient water heater models you may wish to consider: a gas tankless water heater and hybrid water heater.

What’s the difference between the two?

A hybrid water heater has much in common with the storage tank water heater. It still uses a tank of water that it keeps at a high temperature so it’s ready for use. But instead of heating it up with either natural gas-powered burners or electrical heating elements inside the tank, it has a heat pump attached to it to supply the thermal energy. The heat pump draws heat from the air and then applies it to the tank. This is a very energy-efficient way to provide heat for the water.

A tankless water heater, on the other hand, is a radical departure from the storage water heater. It doesn’t use a tank, but instead heats water as it passes through its heat exchanger. It only heats water when a hot water tap comes on: the movement of the water through the heat exchanger triggers the gas-powered heat to come on and warm up the water. Because tankless systems only run when hot water is needed, they conserve immense amounts of energy—and they also won’t run out of a hot water supply!

Which is the best for my home?

There are advantages to both, but your home might lean more toward one than the other. The best way to find out which one will benefit you the most is to call our water heater specialists and schedule an appointment.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. will install the right water heater for your needs! Call us for service in Winter Springs, FL.

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