Your dishwasher, your washing machine, and your shower: you use these amenities just about every day, and they all have at least one thing in common – they use hot water. If you own a tank water heater, did you know that it uses energy not simply to heat the water as you are using it, but also when you are not using it? This results in wasted energy and wasted money as well.
Thankfully, there is a solution: a tankless water heater. Also known as an on-demand or instant water heater, it heats water only when you need it. When you turn on your hot water faucet, cold water moves through a pipe into your unit where the water is heated. This means you do not need to wait for a tank to fill up with water, and it lets you have a steady stream of hot water when you want it.
Typically, a tankless water heater heats water at a rate between 2 and 5 gallons per minute, although the flow rate of hot water is limited by the heater’s output limits and the type of tankless heater (gas or electric) you have installed.
If you are considering installing a tankless heater, here are just a few of its advantages:
- More and more: Whether it is a hot tub, the washing machine, or your dishwasher, you can use more appliances that require hot water all at the same time.
- Showers for all: You no longer have to worry if there will be enough hot water for your shower. A tankless heater will heat all of the water you need, meaning everyone in your home will enjoy a wonderful hot shower every time.
- Lasts longer: It is not just the hot water that will last a long time – the heater itself will too. An average tank water heater tends to last about nine years, but the typical tankless water heater can operate for almost 20 years.
- Full wallets: Your energy bills should decrease because you are heating water only when you need it – and that means you can keep more money in your wallet.
- Save on space: Tankless water heaters are far smaller than one with a tank, meaning you need less space for it. Because they are small, you can put a tankless unit almost anywhere in your home. In fact, you can hang it on a wall, store it in a closet, or even install it outside.
Although the initial installation cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional water heater, remember that the tankless option typically lasts almost twice as long as a conventional one; your energy bills will decrease, too. And don’t forget that you get a rebate when you install a tankless water heater. In the long run, it pays for itself (and then some).
If the idea of heating your water endlessly using a large tank in your basement seems inefficient, then installing a tankless water heater could be the solution for you. With bigger savings and less space needed, tankless water heaters will benefit you and your family for years to come. Bill Fenwick Plumbing has the experience necessary to determine the best water heater option for you and the expertise to install it. Contact us at (904) 724-7022 or online.