Washes dishes, doing laundry, and bathing or showering all require hot water. This hot water does not magically appear in your faucets, so a water heater is an essential part of your home and family's needs. Unfortunately, there are a few different types of water heaters, with each offering its own pros and cons. Traditional water heaters with a tank are the most common option because they are affordable and readily available. However, more and more homeowners are seeing the enormous benefits of a tankless model. If you are considering a new water heater, here are a few things you should know about going tankless.
A traditional water heater with a tank will last a good amount of time as long as you maintain it properly. Of course, nothing is meant to last forever, so issues will arise.
Sediment can build up in the tank, hardening, expanding, and cracking the tank and water lines. This will result in various issues ranging from small leaks to complete failures. On average, most homeowners need to replace these conventional tank-style water heaters after 8 to 12 years.
Because there is no tank and less risk of cracks and failures, a tankless water heater has a longer lifespan. These on-demand style water heaters may last up to 20 years or more.
Decreased Energy Use
You may be surprised by how much energy is used to heat the water you need to complete simple tasks each day. Fortunately, a tankless model can help you reduce energy costs without affecting your household's supply of hot water.
Traditional water heaters use a continuous stream of energy to heat the water for your home. This energy is used whether the hot water is running or not. Thus, traditional water heaters are actually wasting energy while increasing your energy bills.
A tankless water heater uses energy only when the hot water is necessary, so there is no continuous need for energy usage.
Determining the exact amount of energy savings for your household can be difficult because your water use changes so frequently.
According to the Department of Energy, households that use 41 gallons or less of hot water each day will reduce energy costs by 24 to 34 percent after installing an on-demand tankless water heater. Households that use larger amounts of hot water can improve energy efficiency by 8 to 14 percent with a tankless water heater.
Conserving energy is beneficial to the environment, but it will also decrease your monthly expenses. Installing a new tankless water heater is a smart investment that will also save you money on your basic electricity or gas bills.
Increased Hot Water
If you have a larger family, you will most likely agree that there is never enough hot water if the home is equipped with a traditional water heater. This can lead to you and other members of the family missing out on hot showers or every member of the family taking short showers to just get the task accomplished before the hot water runs out.
An endless supply of hot water is possible, so you and each member of the family can enjoy a functional and comfortable hot shower and bath.
Tankless water heaters heat water without the need for a storage tank. There is no need to wait for a large tank to fill up with hot water like with a traditional water heater. Therefore, a tankless unit provides a constant stream of hot water for you and your family while still conserving energy.
Whether you are building a home from scratch or need to replace an outdated model, going tankless can be a great investment. To learn more about tankless water heaters, their benefits, or to start the installation process, contact a plumbing contractor at a company like Five Star Plumbing today.