Hot water is a luxury. But what happens when your heating boiler and hot water tank breaks? Besides needing plumbing services, you will need to make the decision between a tankless water heater and a traditional water heater. Here are some of the benefits of tankless water heaters to help make your decision an easy one.
Traditional VS. Tankless
Traditional water heaters keeps a constant preheated 30-50 gallons of water at all times. This preheated water is automatically hot whenever someone wants to take a shower, do the dishes, or does laundry. When done, the water automatically refills and heats up again.
Tankless water heaters
These heaters are small, and use your gas or electric supply to warm water on demand when you need it instead of having water sitting in a tank.
If your home uses 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, choosing this method will be 24-34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. Additionally, the U.S Department of Energy estimates that when you purchase a tankless water heater, you will save $108 per year in energy costs, compared to only $44 with the traditional method. This is because you are not paying for extra heat that is heating water that is not being used.
These heaters last up to 20 years or more which is about double the life span of a traditional water tank. If you are planning on staying in your home for a long time, then this is the best option as you will not need to pay a hefty replacement fee.
Do not make the mistake and think that because you do not have gallons of hot water available, going tankless will take you longer to get the hot water you need. This is not true, as these water heaters provide hot water at a rate of two to five gallons per minute.
Are you living in a home where you are looking to save space? As tankless water heaters are small and only about the same size as a computer you will not have to worry about this! They can be installed anywhere near an electrical source, including outside!
Contact a plumber today to go tankless!