When it is time to select a new water heater for your home, invest a few minutes in checking out your options for a tankless model. These units are sometimes thought of as new technology, but the truth is that tankless water heaters have been in homes across the country for decades. And they have proven to be as reliable as the conventional style water heaters that we all grew up using. But where the traditional water heater often fell short of meeting your household needs, the tankless water heater will exceed your expectations with an unlimited supply of hot water.
Save Energy And Money
Tankless water heaters, also called on-demand water heaters, only heat water when there is a need for it. So until someone in your home turns on a hot water faucet or shower, your tankless water heater is not using any energy. And while tankless and conventional water heaters both use the same amount of energy to heat a gallon of water, the old-style water heaters wasted a massive amount of energy keeping the water hot in the holding tank.
Think of all of the hours that you are at work, out of town, or just not using hot water in your home. A traditional water heater is wasting energy throughout that entire time, keeping a large tank of water hot. The tankless process is simply more efficient because it only heats the water when there is a need for it. So you will save a substantial amount on your energy bill thanks to installing a tankless water heater.
Unlimited Hot Water
Do you love long, hot showers? Then you are also going to love a tankless water heater. Old water heaters have a limited capacity. If the holding tank was 50 gallons, then you could only use 50 gallons of hot water. Then your shower turned lukewarm or cold. But because the tankless water heater heats water as it flows through the pipes to your faucet or shower, your hot water supply is unlimited.
Longer Life = Most Cost-Effective
The life expectancy of a traditional water heater is between eight and 12 years. Water sitting in the holding tank eventually causes the tank to corrode and rust. And if you are not religious about maintenance, you will be lucky to get eight years of service from your water heater. However, the tankless systems commonly last over 20 years with proper care and maintenance. So you can expect about twice as many years of service when you go tankless.
If you have a large family, your water heater holding tank is sure to be equally large. That is the only way that you have enough hot water for everyone to get a chance at having a somewhat hot shower. But the drawback of a massive holding tank is finding a location that can accommodate it. These larger water heaters can easily be five to six feet tall and take up as much room as a large refrigerator.
But imagine how simple it would be to find a place to install a box that is about the size of your carry-on suitcase. The average tankless water heater is about two feet tall and less than two feet wide. These units are easy to mount on the wall, in a cabinet, under the sink in a bathroom, or even in a linen closet. So if space is a concern, say in your new tiny house, tankless is the way to go.
Not everyone is worried about having an unlimited supply of hot water. But saving energy and space are also prime benefits of tankless water heaters. You will enjoy financial savings, and the environment will benefit from fewer emissions, less waste thanks to the extended lifespan. And no metal is wasted on a holding tank. What more could you ask for from an appliance that heats your water?
To learn more about specific tankless water heater units and the installation process, call the pros at Flow Plumbing at (214) 388-8838. We offer free, no-obligation price quotes and consultations to answer all of your questions. And all of our installation services are backed by a complete parts and labor warranty and our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.