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Benefits of a Tankless Hot Water Heater

Benefits of a Tankless Hot Water Heater

When your hot water tank dies and you’re looking at replacement models you might want to consider going with a tankless system instead.  The benefits of a tankless hot water heater are many.  To start with you don’t have to worry about the tank leaking and flooding your home.  An even better benefit is that you will never run out of hot water.  So you never have to worry about starting your day with a cold shower because you didn’t get up early enough to beat everyone to the shower.

Why Choose a  Tankless Hot Water System?

Tankless systems are often referred to as an ‘on demand water heater’ where your supply of hot water is virtually unlimited.  It is there when you need it and you can use as much of it as you like.  It differs from a tank system where your hot water is limited by the amount of water that the tank can hold.  The average sized hot water tank is 36 gallons, meant for a home of 4 people.  If you’re the fourth person in the shower in the morning then you are about to have a miserable day that begins with a cold shower.

More Energy Efficient

With a conventional water heater, the tank fills up and the water gets heated and then the tank has to keep that water heated until someone uses it.  You waste a tremendous amount of energy keeping water hot that nobody is using.  You’re water heater is wasteful and expensive to keep running, there is a better way. A tankless system is so much more efficient in that it doesn’t heat any water until you actually need it.

If you want a greener and more energy efficient system to keeping your home in ample hot water then a tankless system is your best bet.  The water doesn’t have to constantly run nor sit for hours.  You don’t have to leave the hot water running until it is too cold.  You also don’t need to worry about the water turning cold when someone runs the tap.

Cost Versus Benefits

There are tons of reasons to have a tankless water heater so why aren’t they already in every home in America?

Because of the high cost.

The initial price is a lot higher than a traditional hot water tank.  But before you balk because of the price bear in mind the money that you are saving on both energy and water consumption. A tankless water heater uses up to 35% less energy than a traditional water heat.

If you aren’t sure what type of water heater is best for your home, you need to first determine how many people are using the hot water, how much hot water you consume and where you will be putting the tank. Take a look at your current energy bills and what you are spending every month.  Yes, the initial costs are going to be more but you can recoup the expense on what you save on future energy costs.