Can you imagine getting plenty of hot water anytime you need but also saving energy in the process? If you get a tankless hot water heater, which you might also know as an on-demand water heater, then you’ll not only get water when you need it but you also won’t suffer the wasted energy that happens with conventional storage water heaters.
This begs the question of whether or not you should get a tankless water heater. Is one the best choice for your home?
Tankless water heaters don’t take up as much space a traditional water heater. That’s because they heat the water up directly. When you turn the hot water on, and the cold water will go through a pipe leading into your tankless water heater that is heated be either an electric element or a gas burner. This lets you have a steady source of hot water.
The typical tankless water heater can offer you anywhere from 2 to as many as 5 gallons of hot water every minute. Per data from Energy.gov, gas-powered tankless water heaters can give you a higher rate of flow than an electric model. If you’ve got a big family, you might want to join the many other larger families that installed multiple tankless water heaters so you can make sure there is plenty of hot water available for all the showers, laundry, sinks, and your dishwasher.
Tankless water heaters obviously give you the benefit of hot water on demand. However, there are many other benefits to them that might convince you they are the right choice for your home.
It is true that conventional and traditional storage units cost more less than tankless models, but that’s only upfront. They actually cost more over time. That’s because tankless water heaters eat up a lot less energy. They also last longer. Storage models typically last a decade, perhaps 15 years. On the other hand, a lot of tankless models will keep working for 20 years or even more. The average family that makes the switch to a tankless water heater winds up saving $100 each year.
Another ironically ‘big’ advantage of tankless water heaters is how they don’t eat up as much space. Storage models are bulky, but a tankless model can be mounted on a wall inside a closet or even down in the basement.
Lastly, there are both electric and gas models on the market. That means you can choose the simpler one to install, which lets you avoid re-working the infrastructure of your home and paying the exorbitant fees involved in such a labor-intensive project.
As you can now see, there are many great reasons why you should add a tankless water heater to your home. You’ll still get the same hot water a conventional storage model would give you. However, you’ll save physical space in your home, possibly opening up a closet you can now use. You’ll also save money on your utility bills and go a lot longer before you have to replace the unit with a new one.