Weighing Your Water Heater Options in Atlanta

Posted by Stephen Andrews

When it comes to the appliances in your home in Atlanta, there might not be one that you rely on more than your water heater. You use your water heater probably every day to shower, wash dishes and do your laundry. With such a huge roll in your home, it might make sense to consider the options available to you when you start to think about replacing it. At Cool Air Mechanical, we’ve been working with our customers throughout the Atlanta area to help them choose the right water heating system for their home. We decided that it would be helpful if we put together some of the available options to our customers.

Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters

When it comes to the fuel type that you use to heat your water, there are many options. We decided to focus on two of the most popular: gas and electricity. Here are some of the pros and cons with each one.

  • Electric water heaters – Electric water heaters are a great idea if you don’t already have a gas line running into your house. Since your home already has electricity, this type of water heater is usually easy to install.
  • Gas water heaters – Many homes in the Atlanta area have a gas line running into their home for one or more of their appliances. If you have an electric water heater and already have a gas line, it might make a lot of sense to switch to natural gas. In many cases, gas is less expensive than electricity. However, unlike an electric water heater, a gas water heater will need an exhaust flue to let out the combustion fumes.

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

This has become a popular debate for some homeowners in the Atlanta area. Here is a comparison between tank and tankless water heaters.

  • Tankless water heaters are wall mounted units that only heat water when it is needed. It uses an intense amount of heat to heat the water as it passes through it. In this way, it uses less energy because it doesn’t have to constantly heat a large tank of water even when the hot water is not in demand. However, installation costs tend to be more with tankless models. Additionally, if you have a large household, multiple water heaters may be required to keep up with the high demand.
  • Tank water heaters, on the other hand, can be sized to your home and provide sufficient hot water. However, they normally require more energy to run over time because they have to always heat the water that is in the tank.

If you have any questions about the water heater in your home or if you’re interested in replacing it, call the experts at Cool Air Mechanical. Our technicians are highly knowledgeable and can help you determine which system is right for your home in Atlanta. Call us today!

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