A steady stream of hot water
from your plumbing fixtures is essential to ensure that your home is comfortable. If your aged water heater is struggling to provide you with ample hot water or is racking up more and more costly energy bills, it may be the right time to consider an upgrade to a tankless unit. While tankless water heaters may be more costly initially, they do provide a myriad of benefits. So, here we will explore some of the most attractive benefits offered by a tankless water heater, allowing you to have the details you need to make an informed choice.
Lower Energy Bills
Heating water is a major component of energy bills, so it is important to have an efficient water heater. Although tankless water heaters may cost more initially, they can offer significant energy savings in the long term. A tankless system provides hot water on demand, so you don’t need to use energy keeping a tank of water warm all day and night. Research suggests that a tankless unit can be up to 34% more efficient compared to a conventional storage tank system. This represents significant energy savings that will more than recoup the difference in the initial outlay.
Many homeowners find that the space required for a conventional water heater tank is one of the major drawbacks. If you have limited space or simply want to make better use of your space for other appliances, a tankless water heater can be a fantastic space saving option. Since this type of unit doesn’t require a tank capable of holding between 20 and 80 gallons, it is obviously a great deal smaller, so it can be located in a more restricted space.
Modern water heaters are designed to provide the greatest performance, but they still have a limited lifespan. While a conventional water heater can be expected to last approximately 10 years, a tankless water heater could provide double this lifespan. It is not unusual to get approximately 20 years use of a tankless water heater before it starts to suffer from repair issues and efficiency drops that make it time for an upgrade.
Hot Water When You Need It
There is nothing more frustrating than being the last one in the shower and being left in the cold. Even if you have correctly sized your water heater, if your family has increased hot water use to unusually high levels, you can find yourself stuck with cold water until the tank has refilled and reheated. This scenario is where a tankless water heater excels; it provides hot water as and when you need it. A tankless system provides a guarantee of perpetual hot water. Once your pipes are running with hot water, it will continue until your finished bathing, showering or finishing your chores. This means that you will have hot water anytime you need it.
If you’re still unsure whether a tankless water heater is the right choice for your home, you should speak to a professional plumber.
An experienced plumber can assess your hot water requirements and guide you through the available options.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.