Nothing says comfort like a long hot shower. And nothing is more frustrating than a hot shower cut short by cold water. To overcome the issue of insufficient hot water in their home, many homeowners are upgrading their hot water heaters from a traditional tank system to an on-demand tankless unit. Following are five advantages to considering a tankless hot water heater for your home.
Save Valuable Space
Tankless hot water heaters are much smaller in size than the tank models. On-demand hot water heaters operate without the 40+ gallon water tank that their traditional counterparts require. By design, these compact on-demand hot water heaters are only the size of a small suitcase. Some units can even be wall-mounted to free-up space in your home. On-demand hot water heaters can be installed in compact locations: a closet, basement, garage, both inside or outside of your home. Tankless hot water heaters offer the advantage of maximizing the square footage of usable space in your home.
Endless Hot Water Supply
A key feature in on-demand hot water heaters is that instead of storing gallons of hot water in a tank, like their traditional counterparts, they heat water only when the faucet is turned on. Water in tankless hot water heaters is warmed as it is delivered, not beforehand. This design eliminates the issue of using all of the hot water in the tank and having to wait as additional water is heated. Tankless hot water heaters heats water as it goes through the pipes, providing endless hot water for your home. With on-demand hot water heaters, gone are the days of rationing hot water.
Hot Water On-Demand
On-demand hot water heaters are known for being just that, on-demand. With these units there is no waiting for hot water. Tankless hot water heaters deliver hot water in seconds, not minutes which saves you time and money in your utility bills. Because hot water is heated when it is used, there is never an issue of choosing between taking a piping hot shower and doing a load of laundry or running the dishwasher.
Tankless hot water heater models have a longer lifespan than traditional tank models. In fact, tankless hot water heaters can last up to two times as long as traditional tank water heaters. A longer lifespan means greater return on your investment of installing a tankless hot water heater.
Energy Efficiency And Cost Savings
Tank hot water heaters heat and reheat water when you are not at home, exerting energy keeping the 40+gallons of water in the tank constantly hot. In contrast, tankless water heaters only heat the water when you need it – eliminating the cost of keeping the 40-50 gallons of water stored in the tank hot by only heating water when you turn on the faucet. Tankless hot water heaters deliver hot water in seconds, not minutes. Those minutes of time save both conserve water and lower your utility bills. In fact, tank model hot water heaters can waste 24 16-ounce bottles of water every time you shower just waiting for the water to turn hot. That amount of water equates to 8,700 bottles of water wasted per person per year! Tankless water heaters use between 30 and 50% less energy than tank units. The on-demand heating design results in less wasted energy and water, plus lower CO2 emissions. Owing to their energy efficiency, many tankless water heaters are also eligible for tax credits. Tankless hot water heaters are more energy efficient, conserve water, and ultimately save you money on your monthly utility bills.
Consult An Expert
When considering the advantages of tankless hot water heaters note that you should consult with a professional to determine the best design and size of hot water heater for your home. An expert technician will help you determine the capacity of water usage for your home and potential installation locations. Contact Smith & Keene’s expert plumbing team to make an appointment for a new hot water heater today!