When you are deciding on whether or not to upgrade your water heating system, you may have a lot of questions. Why should I change to a tankless water heater? What are the benefits? How do these different water heaters even work?
Let’s dig into the benefits of tankless water heaters to help you decide if you’re on the fence. This installation could be a worthwhile investment for you and your family, especially if you enjoy taking hot showers.
They’re More Compact
A traditional water heater is heavy and hogs lots of floor space. Depending on your family size, you may need a bigger tank to hold more water for the whole family. These units also tend to sit on the ground, typically occupying potentially useful garage or closet space.
You may have even heard horror stories from people whose tank water heaters are kept in the attic. If the attic’s floor is not properly reinforced or if the floor becomes damaged due to leaks, these water heaters are at risk of falling through the floor and wrecking your home.
This may be the greatest benefit of switching to a tankless water heater. They’re nicely compact because installing the unit onto your wall gives you more floor space. These units are much smaller than the average 40-50 gallon drums because they don’t have to store any water within them. With all that extra room, you have more space for organizing your home or using that space for other important things.
They Have a Longer Lifespan Than Traditional Water Heaters
Newer tankless water heaters average a lifespan of about 15-20 years with regular maintenance. In contrast, a traditional tank-type water heater will last about 8-12 years. That means tankless units last around twice as long with proper maintenance.
So while the upfront costs of these tankless heaters are more than a traditional unit, you’ll get extra life out of them. The money saved from not replacing your water heating unit every 10 years will offset the initial investment.
Almost Unlimited Hot Water
Fighting for hot water at home is never a fun ordeal. Waiting to shower after someone else can typically make your shower much cooler than you would like. If you face that problem often and have turned it into a family dispute, it may be time to upgrade to a tankless water heater.
The way that tankless water heaters work involves a process of instantly heating water as you need it rather than constantly keeping a large tank of water hot.
A traditional water heater is an average size of 40-50 gallons in the U.S. With the setup of a traditional tanked heater, the unit keeps these multiple gallons of water hot constantly, not just when you want to use the water.
Using a tankless water heater, which heats the water only when you use it, saves energy that otherwise would’ve been wasted on keeping a large tank of water hot. The US Department of Energy states that tankless water heaters save you money because they “don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters.” While this is one of the bigger reasons for switching over, the benefits of tankless water heaters are great.
Need a tankless water heater installed? Ace Plumbing is here for you.
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