Tankless water heaters aren’t a brand new concept, but they’re still a bit misunderstood by homeowners. And they can actually be a fantastic, efficient resource for those homeowners!
The thing is, if you’re like most individuals, you want to be as comfortable as possible in your living space, as affordably as possible. Traditional tank water heaters don’t always allow for this. And tankless systems are a great alternative for many homeowners looking to save money and/or have instant hot water whenever they need it. Below, we’re going to uncover the various benefits that exist when living in a home with a tankless water heater.
Read on to learn more!
There are two ways to heat the water coming to your plumbing appliances and fixtures. It’s either readily available in a tank that is consistently kept hot, or you have a device that heats it “on-demand” when an appliance or tap calls for it. Most homes today do use a conventional tank water heater, and tankless systems are a bit more expensive to have installed. But the benefits pay off! Your home might be a great candidate for a tankless water heater if…
- You Want Improved Energy Efficiency: Tankless water heaters, as we mentioned, work “on-demand.” This means that instead of having a reservoir of water that can suffer from standby heat loss, they have a heat exchanger that doesn’t turn on until you turn on a hot water tap or an appliance that will be using hot water (like your clothes washing machine or your dishwasher). This is much more efficient than the tank model!
- You’re Looking for Longer Water Heater Lifespan: If you’re lucky, you can make it through a couple of decades before you have to even consider replacing your water heater. That is, only if you have a tankless system! The reason for this is that, unlike the tank water heater, the components of the tankless water heater aren’t in constant contact with water–so they don’t succumb to corrosion as fast.
- You Want to Save Space: Let’s face it, even the smallest of storage tank water heaters take up a lot of valuable real estate in your home. Some people have no choice but to keep theirs in a closet space within their home. Think of everything you could do with that space instead! A tankless water heater is a much smaller appliance that houses the heat exchanger, and can be installed on an internal or exterior wall, up out of the way.
- You Would Like Unlimited Hot Water: Now, tankless water heaters do have their limits. If you have multiple plumbing fixtures and appliances all demanding hot water at the same time, the system can get overwhelmed. So in this case, some homeowners choose to have two tankless systems installed in their home to compensate. That said, when compared to a tank system, you don’t have to worry about “running out” of hot water during the day!