Homeowners are mostly accustomed to having tank water heaters at their homes. But tankless models have been gaining more popularity lately. This happens because of all the benefits that tankless water heaters have to offer. They are also called “instantaneous” or “on-demand” water heaters.
If the idea of constantly heating water in a big tank that is located in your basement sounds extremely inefficient and wasteful to you, then a tankless water heater is the perfect option for your home. Some of the advantages of installing a tankless water heater unit are listed below with saving space being the major one among all of them.
Tankless Water Heater Advantages
There are many advantages to switching to a tankless water heater. Read on to find out more reasons why it is worth upgrading to the tankless model.
- Energy Savings/Operating Costs
The first significant benefit that comes to mind when you think of a tankless water heater unit is energy savings. Conventional tank water heaters, especially timeworn models, consume too much energy, whether it is electricity or gas. The tank which stores heated water “eats” power to keep that water hot at all times, so it has to be reheated constantly.
On the other hand, tankless water heaters heat only the water that is required for you at the moment, because it flows through pipes on demand. This results in significant energy savings because instead of heating an entire tank of water, a certain amount of energy is used to heat exactly what you will need and use. Tankless water heaters have been known to reduce water heating energy costs by up to 50%!
What about the cost of a tankless unit? At first you will spend more money to purchase a tankless water heater and get all its plumbing in place. Although a tankless water heater costs more upfront, its operating costs start to make up for it pretty fast.
- Space Savings
Even if saving money and energy is not an issue for your household, one of the biggest advantages of tankless water heaters is saving of valuable space. Conventional water heaters with 40 to 60 gallon capacity take up a lot of space and the tank needs to be installed somewhere in your home that’s quite secure, ventilated and protected. If space at your home is luxury, a large tank water heater could be taking up major part or living space. Some homeowners have their water heaters in a basement, utility closet, or pantry. All of these rooms could be easily remodeled for use and storage if it weren’t for the bulky water heater.
On the contrary, most tankless water heaters are approximately the size of a briefcase. If you need hot water in different parts of your home, you might require two tankless water heaters but even in this case the benefits are significant. If you ever wished to have more space for storage at your home, you can easily do it now by installing a tankless water heater.
- Longer Warranties for a Tankless
The warranty for tankless water heaters is usually 15 years. Conventional water heaters are manufactured with about a six-year warranty. Any water leak in tank water heaters means potential flooding and water damage to your property because they usually store large amounts of water. With the tankless water heater you won’t have such a problem.
- Time Savings
Have you ever stepped into the shower only to find out that your tank water heater ran out of hot water? Why did it happen? Maybe because you are the mom of 2-3 teenagers and they all decided to take showers the same morning, consequently you don’t have any hot water left for yourself. For a tank water heater, reheating that large amount of water is going to take at least a couple of hours, so you don’t have another option as to take a cold shower.
Since tankless heaters supply hot water on demand, your access to hot water is unlimited. With a tankless water heater you won’t run out of hot water or have to wait for your tank to heat up again.
A tankless water heater is a great investment that saves energy, space, water and time in the long run. Upgrade to a tankless water heater and experience improved comfort, home efficiency, and lower utility bills!
At Downey Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning our specialists can instruct you on the appropriate and affordable tankless water heater solutions. Contact us today!