The Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
Mike "Tech Overlord" Collette
Traditional water heaters work by keeping a reservoir of water warmed and ready for use anywhere in the home. While this approach works well for many families, others find tankless water heaters more desirable. As the name suggests, these water heaters lack a tank. Instead, they work by heating water on demand as it's used. There are many advantages to upgrading to a tankless water heater in your home. To learn about some of these advantages, keep reading.
Convenient Water Output
Are you tired of running out of hot water when you still have shampoo left in your hair? If so, you're not alone. It's a common problem for busy households. It occurs when the demand for hot water outpaces the supply, and it's one of the problems that can be fixed by upgrading to a tankless water heater. With a tankless water heater, your family will never run out of hot water. The appliance heats it on demand, no matter how many hot showers or loads of laundry your household needs.
Superior Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is a top priority for many homeowners. It's also one of the reasons why so many have made the switch from traditional water heaters to tankless appliances. Since tankless water heaters do not need to keep a huge tank of water warm, they don't waste energy putting out heat that no one is using. According to Energy.gov, a tankless water heater can be 24% to 34% more energy-efficient in households that use 41 gallons or fewer of hot water daily. For households that use more hot water, a tankless water heater can be eight to 14% more energy-efficient. An energy-efficient home is an environmentally friendly one.
No one likes having to unexpectedly replace a major appliance. The cost can throw your finances off track for a while. Tankless water heaters are known to have a longer lifespan than traditional water heaters. While there are differences from one brand and model to the next, the average tankless water heater can last about 20 years. Compare that to the average lifespan of a traditional water heater, which is about 10 to 15 years. As a bonus, manufacturers tend to provide a longer warranty on tankless appliances.
Long-Term Cost Savings
Tankless water heaters are available at different price points. In general, however, the purchase price of a tankless appliance will be higher than that of a traditional water heater. However, the tankless appliance offers long-term cost savings that may offset the purchase price. This is due to its superior energy efficiency and longer lifespan.
Another benefit of upgrading to a tankless water heater is its slim profile. Traditional water heaters require a big, bulky tank in order to hold the reservoir of heated water. This takes up valuable storage space. Plus, if the tank were to develop cracks, it could lead to water damage. In contrast, a tankless water heater fits snugly on a wall. In the event that it starts to leak, you can shut off the main water valve and call a plumber.
Thanks to their compact design, it's easy to design your plumbing system exactly how you want it. If you have a very busy household and you want the capacity to run the dishwasher, laundry machine, and shower at the same time, our plumbers can explain your options. You might decide to install one tankless water heater for cleaning, with another for the rest of your household needs.
Is it time to upgrade your water heater? If so, then you're in luck! Aqua Wolf Plumbing can help you sort through your options. In addition to tankless water heater installations, we offer plumbing inspections as well as kitchen and bathroom plumbing repairs. Give us a call at 888-426-9653 or fill out our online form below.