If you’re looking to install a new water heater, whether it’s in a new build or you’re replacing your existing heater, there are a lot of factors to consider. Today, we see many people wondering if they should choose a hybrid water heater or a tankless water heater. We’ve provided some tips below to help you choose but the best way to know for sure is to call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing at (661) 947-2653 and we’ll be happy to discuss your unique needs.
You’re already choosing between the two most energy-efficient options
First of all, remember that both the hybrid and the tankless water heater are incredibly energy efficient. As you’re comparing options, keep in mind that the tankless water heater is also known as a continuous flow, flash water, or inline water heater, while the hybrid is also referred to as an on-demand or heat pump water heater.
The right choice depends partially on the drought situation
California is officially out of drought condition but do you think that will last for years to come? Likely not. A tankless water heater is an excellent choice if you value energy efficiency but remember that it takes at least three seconds and as much as eight seconds to get to the right heat level. This may sound minor, but it does result in water waste, which is a no-no in drought-ridden California.
On the other hand, a hybrid water heater has a water storage tank that keeps the temperature constantly at the same temperature. This is much like the older tank-style water heater you’re likely familiar with. The way it saves energy is simply the way in which the water is heated. Regardless, there is little to no water waste with the hybrid water heater.
How large is your home?
If you’re constructing a very small home or are looking for a water heater for a small office, then a tankless system is likely right for you. Since there’s no tank, you won’t lose floor space. Instead, it’s simply mounted to a wall and takes up virtually no usable space.
How big is your family?
It’s true that a tankless system is very energy efficient and offers constant hot water and you never have to worry about the tank running out – no matter how many people use the shower one after another. It may require you to install more than one unit if you have a particularly large family, but that will actually pay for itself in added convenience. That said, the hybrid unit has a limited amount of heated water. Once that amount is gone, then new water will have to be heated from the beginning and this can take time.
As you can see, there are both pros and cons to both options. If you’re still not sure, feel free to give us a call at (661) 947-2653. We’d be happy to go over how these pros and cons will work for your individual home or commercial space.