When the horseless carriage first came on the scene, people scoffed not just at the idea of them, but upon seeing the earliest models up close and in person.
A similar but smaller scale reaction was exclaimed throughout the land when word first leaked on tankless water heaters. As in, “You’ve got to heat the water somewhere, and if not in a storage tank, then where?!”
We couldn’t have asked it better ourselves. And therein lies the mechanical marvel of a tankless water heater. Gone is the storage tank that must keep the water hot 24/7 so there’s ample supply whenever you might need some. In its place is a wall-mounted heat exchanger that heats cold water “on demand” – as soon as you turn on a hot water faucet or appliance. And it keeps heating the water until you’ve used all you need.
By installing a tankless water heater in your home, you can save energy and money, eliminate hot water shortages and, as a little bonus, pick up some extra floor space.
- Because a tankless system heats water only when it’s needed, a family of 4 can save an average of $175 a year on energy costs.
- Typical tank style water heaters only last about 10 to 15 years, with warranties of 6 to 8 years. Tankless heaters last up to 20 years and often come with a 10 to 15-year warranty. That helps you save on repair replacement costs, too.
- Have you ever gotten into a nice, steamy shower, only to feel the sting of cold water because someone else started a load of laundry or the dishwasher? Not pleasant, we know. With a tankless system, the hot water stays hot, regardless of who might be using water – hot or cold – elsewhere.
- Storage tank units are prone to rust and sediment build-up in their tank, keeping in mind that this is where your bathing and drinking water is stored. With a tankless system, that worry is gone.
- You’ll gain additional storage space by getting rid of your old storage tank. Plus, the tankless heat exchanger can be installed just about anywhere: on your basement wall, under a sink, even outdoors in warmer climates.
If you’d like to know more about a tankless water heater for your home, contact 1st Class Plumbing today. We’ll answer all your questions so you can properly decide your next move on your own: storage tank or tankless!