Benefits to Installing a Tankless Water Heater
Most homeowners really don’t pay much attention to their water heater until it stops working. No one likes a cold shower. There are many reasons to upgrade to a tankless water heater and here we will discuss why it is beneficial to install a tankless water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters Are Energy Efficient
These heaters heat water on demand without the use of a tank that stores heated water. They can be either electric or gas powered to heat water. Since they are not constantly running to keep the water in the tank at a specific temperature it uses less energy. The water is heated using powerful burners to quickly heat the water that runs through the heater to your pipes. So, when you turn on the faucet for hot water your tank quickly heats the water and sends it your way.
More Compact than Standard Tank Water Heaters
While tankless is more common in European countries and even Japan, it is just becoming more popular here in the U.S. In many other countries their dwellings are smaller and living space is highly sought after. Therefore, a tankless system is more compact and can fit on a wall or in a closet, anywhere the tank fits, leaving more space for living. No more bulky tank which requires its own space and drainage in case of a leak.
Saves You Money in the Long Run
While the cost of a gas-powered tankless water heater is more costly than an electric model, they both have a life expectancy of around 20 years. This is more than a tank heater life expectancy, which tends to be around 10 years. That is double the life expectancy of a tank heater, which in turn is saving you money by not continually heating the water in the tank for those extra 10 or so years. In some states rebates are offered if you install a tankless heater, so be sure to check with your contractor to see if you qualify.
While there are many advantages to a tankless water heater there are a few things to consider. Such as they do require much more money upfront to install than a standard tank heater. The price of these heaters can be expensive but if you do your research, you may be able to find a rebate in your state or county to help with the up-front cost. Another thing to consider is if you have a large family, you will be using a lot of hot water, the tankless heater may not be able to keep up with the demand. If you’re wanting to install one in an older home, you will want to check with your plumber to make sure your pipes can handle the on-demand water flow pressure. The technicians at Blackwell Services will be able to help you with all your tankless water heater needs. Contact them today for an estimate.