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Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Without a doubt, owning a home is one of the best parts of life. That feeling of home, and knowing at the end of a long day a person has a place of their own to relax in, is a hard-earned reward that millions of Americans toil most of their lives for. Unfortunately, the cost it takes to maintain a home in 2016 can be overwhelming, if not impossible for some folks. A decision as seemingly small as which water heater you purchase for your home can end up saving or costing you thousands of dollars after just a few years.

There are two types of water heaters: tank and tankless. We are going to delve into the world of water heaters to help you decide which one is best for you and your household.

Traditional (Tank) Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters store and preheat 30-50 gallons of water inside a long, tall tank. This preheated water is used when someone in the house showers, does laundry or washes dishes. Once the tank is out of the water, it needs to be refilled again. When your 16-year-old daughter takes too long in the shower and there’s no hot water left, this is because your traditional water heater has used all its hot water. Traditional water heaters are relatively inexpensive to purchase upfront and can be replaced easily. The huge downside of traditional water heaters comes with the energy bill every month. Traditional water heaters are designed to heat and reheat water at a pre-set temperature no matter what your water needs are. If you’re away from the house and not using water, you’ll end up paying a considerable amount of money to heat water that you won’t use or need. Water heaters with tanks are also known for having a relatively short life span of 10-15 years, and are infamous for not being able to supply an average-sized household with enough hot water.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters feature sophisticated technology designed to heat water on demand. They use a heat source of electricity or gas, depending on your household. Tankless water heaters are compact and much smaller compared to traditional water heaters. These powerful heaters are able to deliver two to three gallons of hot water on demand, so you’ll never run out of hot water. With an average life of 20-25 years, tankless water heaters can function nearly twice as long as traditional water heaters. But here’s the big selling point. According to, “For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand (or tankless) water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.” This translates into massive savings for most households after just a few years. Tankless water heaters are much more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but they pay themselves off within a few years after the purchase.

Which water heater is the best option for you? It depends. But the good news is Go Green Heating and Air Conditioning can help you decide! Give us a call today: 303-919-9292.

What Is A Load Calculation?

At some point in your life, you’ve visited someone’s home and thought to yourself…

“Why in the world is it so hot/freezing cold in here?!”

Perhaps the homeowners simply have no sense of comfortable temperature. But don’t place the blame just yet. The truth is that the majority of heating and cooling systems installed in homes today are oversized and inefficient simply because the contractor who installed it did not perform a proper Manual J Heat loss/Heat gain calculation. Load Calculations are THE ONLY acceptable way to size a furnace, boiler, or air conditioner. Oversizing causes poor efficiency, subpar comfort, and premature equipment failure. Make sure your contractor takes the time to do one! A few minutes now will prevent years of headache, frustration, and added costs!

How to Formulate Load Calculation

You should always enlist the help of a professional when measuring load calculation. Chances are, you can’t walk into your home, evaluate its needs and determine it needs a new four-ton system.

When you hire a professional, he formulates your load calculation by evaluating a number of different things:

  • How many people live in the home.
  • The size of the home.
  • The insulation values of walls, attics, windows, and skylights
  • Orientation of the home
  • Appliances in the home

It’s no surprise that larger homes need larger, stronger systems. Whereas, smaller homes require smaller systems. Every home is unique in these factors listed above and should not be generalized simply by square footage.

Other Factors to Consider

In addition to occupancy and home size, you’ll need to consider a few other factors. Each of these things play an important role in formulating the load calculation of your home.

Outside Temperatures

The temperature outside will play a huge role in how hot or cold you want your home. This becomes even more important when you live in areas with extreme temperatures. A poor load calculation could leave your home smoldering in hot areas or freezing in cold areas.

The Importance of Air Control

Many don’t consider what happens as a result of too much air control. With too little, you don’t have enough heat. But with too much, you’ll experience problems as well.

Because the system overworks itself, the house will get way too hot or cold. It can also wear out faster due to overuse.

Both of these issues result in unnecessary financial burdens. No one wants to replace their system or suffer with inordinately high energy bills every month.

Does Your Home Have Proper Load Calculation?

Take the time to get a professional estimate. They will evaluate the factors to determine the efficiency of your system. A system designed by a load calculation will keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

Invest in an estimate today.