Tankless Hot Water Heaters - The Most Popular Plumbing Appliance of 2020!
Alex "Solar Girl" Steele
It's a necessary evil - the hot water heater. That big, clunky tank in your basement that you never really think about until your shower runs cold… Or you find that it's broken and leaking all over your floor! These old storage heater units are incredibly inefficient, because they have to run constantly to keep 40 to 50 gallons of water hot at all times. That means even when no one is using any hot water, your energy bill is running up, just to keep the tank warm. Every year, new technology makes our lives easier, and we're happy to share some new tech that will enable you to kiss your hot water woes goodbye!
Tankless hot water heaters have been getting a lot of attention this year, with up to 20,000 search engine inquiries a month. This new technology replaces the bulky, inefficient hot water storage tanks most of us have in our basements. They also warm up your water much quicker than you're probably used to - delivering hot water to your taps in about 15 seconds! Instead of a large tank that holds a finite amount of water and takes a long time to refill and reheat, with a tankless heater, new water is constantly being piped through a heat exchanger and out your tap, so you can enjoy a constant flow of hot water. You never have to worry about your kids or spouse hogging it all, and everyone can enjoy a long shower without the guilt!
One of the most attractive aspects of tankless hot water heaters is their efficiency. Most of them use 25-50% less energy than their older counterparts, so you can enjoy long, luxurious showers and baths without feeling like a 16 year old Swedish climate change activist is going to come tell you off. Besides the smaller carbon footprint, tankless heaters also leave a smaller physical footprint in your home! They are about the size of a suitcase and are mounted on the wall, so they save a lot of space in premium storage spots like your basement or garage. They're also much safer than traditional storage heaters, because there is no risk of leaks, falls, or carbon monoxide backdraft that were common with older models.
The safe and easy winterization process for tankless hot water heaters put them lightyears ahead of their predecessors, too. It may have never happened to you, but it's probably happened to someone you know… They forgot to properly drain and turn off the hot water heater before shutting up the house for the season. When they come back, the pipes have frozen and burst and the whole house is flooded and destroyed! A small mistake like that can cost thousands of dollars and take years to completely repair. Tankless hot water heaters eliminate this risk, because draining them and shutting them off for winterization is a snap.
Though tankless hot water heaters score high on efficiency, ease of use, and safety, there is a downside to consider when shopping for this appliance. Tankless hot water heaters can cost up to three times more than the traditional storage heater models, so there is a substantial upfront expense to be aware of if you decide to invest in one. This cost does pay off over time, but expect several years of usage before the heater pays for itself. On the other hand, tankless hot water heaters have a much longer life expectancy than storage heaters. You typically only get 8-12 years of use from a traditional storage heater, but tankless heaters can last 12-25 years! So, while this new technology is more pricey, it will be part of your home for years to come, and your savings will add up over time.
If you're interested in learning more about tankless hot water heaters, or you're curious about how installing one could benefit your home, contact Aqua Wolf Plumbing for a free consultation. We would love to help you make cold showers a thing of the past!