There are several benefits to tankless water heaters. Whether you are thinking of replacing your old water heater, or you are looking into more energy-efficient options, tankless water heaters can have an incredible impact on your home.
To get started, let’s define what a tankless water heater is. Tankless water heaters are highly efficient. They heat water only when it is needed; rather than heating water and storing it at high temperatures for long periods of time. This key difference makes the tankless hot water heater much smaller in size than the traditional water heater.
Tankless water heaters are great space savers. They also ensure your home never runs out of hot water, they are energy-efficient and can help you save on your energy bills. Let’s explore the benefits of tankless hot water heaters in detail.
Tankless Water Heaters Save Space
Tankless water heaters are widely popular for their space-saving features. Traditional water heaters are large, bulky, and can be dangerous due to their temperature. You no longer need a room dedicated to your hot water heater. The tankless water heater is small enough to hang on the wall; which makes it an excellent option for those looking to maximize space in their homes.
These water heaters are tankless due to the way they heat water. Traditional water heaters heat large amounts of water slowly, and keep the water heated at all times. The water in the water tank is your reserve of hot water. When it runs low, your water can run cold.
Tankless water heaters only need to hold a small amount of water, because water is heated on demand. Tankless water heaters use a high burst of energy to heat your water as soon as you need it. The water simply passes through the tank and into your pipes. The tank does not house the water or keep it warm constantly, only when it’s needed.
Never Run Out of Hot Water
If you’re tired of running out of hot water, tankless hot water heaters are an excellent option for your home. As previously mentioned, traditional water heaters can only hold a certain amount of hot water at one time.
When you use large quantities of water by showering, doing laundry, or washing the dishes, you use some of the water from the tank and it is then refilled and reheated by the hot water heater. If you are using a lot of hot water; for example, you are looking to take a shower while your laundry is running; it’s possible to use all of the hot water available in your water heater’s tank – Which will cause your shower to turn cold.
Tankless hot water heaters heat water on demand, as needed, so you essentially have an endless flow of hot water. No one likes to take a freezing shower, especially when you are paying for energy to keep it hot. Tankless hot water heaters ensure you never run into this problem.
They Are Long Lasting
Tankless hot water heaters are an excellent investment. In general, the cost of a tankless hot water heater is slightly higher than a traditional tank water heater. However, tankless water heaters have a much longer life expectancy, lasting from 15-20 years. Whereas, the average regular gas water heater lasts between 6-8 years. You get nearly twice the lifespan out of a tankless hot water heater.
Your decision will ultimately depend on your own specific needs. If a short term solution is all that’s needed, either option is effective for your home. However, if you are looking to have your home for a long period of time, tankless hot water heaters will last nearly twice as long as their counterparts.
Tankless water heaters are generally considered to be energy-efficient “greener” alternatives to traditional water heaters. This is certainly a possibility and companies such as FortisBC have created a rebate incentive program to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient residential appliances such as tankless water heaters.
However, it is also important to be mindful of the fact that tankless water heaters are highly efficient appliances. Typical water heaters use 40,000-50,000 BTU of energy throughout the day to heat water and keep the water warm in its tank. Whereas tankless water heaters can use up to 199,000 BTU of energy, but range from 15,000-199,000 BTU, depending on the gallons of water per minute used.
This means that tankless water heaters have the capacity to be far more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters. However, it’s important to consider your individual needs before purchasing. If your household uses large quantities of water, it can end up using far more energy in the long run.
Visit Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating
Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating proudly carries Navien tankless hot water heaters. These have an exceptional energy-star rating and come in a variety of sizes to meet the needs of you and your family. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating offers installation services as well as repairs. We are also available 24/7 to assist with emergency plumbing and heating needs. Contact us to learn more about the benefits to tankless water heaters today.