The water you use in your home is typically stored inside a tank. When hot water is needed, either gas or electricity provides energy to help heat the water inside the tank. Water tanks are an easy way to get clean, hot water, but they can also run leak or burst, causing flooding. Traditional water heater tanks can also use up a good deal of energy, costing you money in the long run. Tankless water heaters are the newest development in hot water for your home, without the risk of leaks.
A tankless water heater is compact, energy efficient, and heats water up extremely quickly. You won't have to worry about going out of town and being concerned that the water heater will burst while you're gone. Tankless heaters can be placed in an attic, hallway closet, or other small space without taking up a lot of room. They are fairly easy to install and come in a variety of different models and price points. These types of water heaters are designed to last about twenty years or longer, while traditional hot water heaters have an average lifespan of about ten to thirteen years. The investment upfront to have a tankless water heater will cost more, but the overall savings in energy costs will outweigh it in the long run.
There are some downsides to having a tankless water heater rather than a traditional hot water tank. One of the most common complaints is that the tankless version cannot keep up with the hot water demands of a larger household like a regular tank can. The tankless heaters can only output so much heat per gallon at a certain pace, while a larger hot water heater tank can give more output. If you have a big family or you're doing laundry, dishes, and someone is taking a shower all at the same time, you might not get the same results with a tankless water heater. Another item to consider is the source of where the energy is coming from to supply power to your tankless water heater. Some units require a lot of power, and other utilize gas, so it's important that you get it installed close to a source where it can be powered correctly. If you're willing to shell out the money upfront and you're looking for a compact and energy efficient way to heat the water in your home, then a tankless water heater is an excellent choice. For more information, talk to a professional like Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning.