Natural gas is known for being used in a furnace or on your stove, but it can also be used for other appliances in your home. One of these appliances you may want to have as a natural gas appliance is your water heater.

There are two main types of gas water heaters: traditional water heaters and tankless water heaters. Both can be great options for your home. Below is a little more information on how these two types of water heaters work.

Traditional Water Heaters

This is a pretty common water heater to have. You will see a large storage tank and on it will be a thermostat gas value that will control the heat of the water. The gas water heater system uses a burner to fuel a flame that heats a plate which heats the water in your tank.

For this water heater, the water will have to be preheated, then once the tank refills, the water will be reheated. The water heats automatically after you have set the proper temperature, so it is not as complicated as it sounds. However, if you have ever run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, it is because the water heater needs to reheat the water.

Tankless Water Heaters

This type of water heater uses gas to warm up cold water on-demand. In this scenario, water isn’t stored, so you don’t run out of hot water. While tankless water heaters cost more than traditional water heaters initially, tankless water heaters can also be more cost effective in the long run as they often lead to lower energy bills. 

When looking into water heaters, you need to know what works best for you and your lifestyle. Both types of gas water heaters listed above are excellent options. The water heater you want depends on your lifestyle, the size of your home and many other factors. Look into your choices carefully before making a decision!