In the quest for readily available hot water, there is one phrase that seems to come up more than any other: “tankless water heater.” Just what are tankless water heaters, and why are they so sought after? When you really think about it, you try to keep everything in your life modern and up to date. That goes from kitchen appliances, to cars, to phones. Why should your water heater be any different? Let’s take a moment to look at some of the advantages that switching to tankless heating has to offer.
These days we should be doing everything we can to do right by our environment, and our families. That includes conserving energy whenever and wherever we can. This becomes especially easy when you consider that conserving energy and saving money go hand in hand. Tankless heating means no “standby heat loss” which means you can save a large amount of electricity! The average tankless water heater can potentially save you about $80 per year. However, some of the more efficient models can take your savings even higher! Each situation is different, but with a little time and planning you can figure out just how much energy and cash you will be able to save.
For many people, the promise of unlimited hot water is enough to justify the switch. Because of the way they work, tankless heaters are able to fulfill this promise. The heating elements in a tankless heater allow the cold water that flows through them to heat up as soon as you turn on your hot water. Depending on the heater, this could be electric or gas powered. The rapidly heated cold water is then transferred to your water fixtures resulting in hot water on demand! Because of this, the heater can continuously create hot water for all your devices.
The advantage of a longer lifespan for tankless water heaters is pretty much self explanatory. While a conventional water heater has a lifespan of about five to ten years, a tankless water heater will last from about ten to twenty depending on the model. Some of the electric models even come with a lifetime warranty when properly installed!
Big, bulky, space consuming classic water heaters are no match for the new tankless models. With a tankless heater, there will be no more gigantic eyesore water tanks down in the basement. Tankless water heaters are small and slim, some about the size of a large book or dictionary. Most of them can be mounted to a wall, or even installed outside through the use of an anti freeze kit. This opens up space in your basement for you to use for whatever you would like!
With conventional heaters, there is always the potential for a rupture. That means that any valuables that you may have down in your basement are susceptible to major water damage. As water heaters get older, their casings become rusty, weakened and prone to cracking or breaking. This increases your chance of your basement flooding. With a tankless water heater, this is no longer a risk. This is because the water is only heated as it is needed, and there is no water stored in a tank. This also means that the water coming through the tankless heater is cleaner than what would come out of a conventional one. Since the hot water isn’t sitting in a tank full of rust and scale, the quality will be far superior. Tankless water heaters also have temperature monitors that will prevent scalding hot water from reaching your faucets, keeping your family safe from being burned.
All of these reasons listed above can be taken into consideration when entertaining the idea of switching from a conventional water heater to tankless. Although it is a bit of a monetary commitment to start, in the long run tankless water heaters are the way to the future, and will definitely save you money and energy over time!
If you have any questions about tankless water heaters, or brand recommendations, please give us a call at (253) 285-1771 and we will send one of our skilled technicians out to you in no time!!