Tankless water heaters offer advantages that make this option a cut above the old-style hot water tanks. While these heaters gain popularity year over year, some homeowners are still not exactly sure what they are.
Homeowners throughout the world know that they are an energy-efficient, space-saving way to heat water. They have converted to this style of water heater because of those advantages and more!
Still want to know why you should replace your tank water heater with one of these devices? Read on to learn more about the benefits you will experience when you upgrade.
The top reason homeowners are upgrading to because they are more energy efficient.
A traditional hot water tank has a thermostat that is set to a temperature that is determined comfortable by the homeowner. The thermostat senses the water temperature inside this tank. It keeps the water set to this temperature all the time. Indeed, it does a great job keeping the water at that predetermined temperature.
However, this means that the hot water tank heats water, all day, every day. So 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, your hot water tank heats water. It doesn’t discriminate between when you are home or at work. Or if you are in residence or on an extended business trip.
This creates a huge waste of energy that results in a higher energy bill and creating a larger carbon footprint.
These devices work “on demand.” This means that when the homeowner turns on the hot water tap, the water passes through a heating element that very quickly heats the water and sends it out the tap.
This technology saves energy and money. When you are at work or on vacation, these devices do nothing. Which makes it the superior choice for energy savings.
An old-school hot water tank requires a separate closet, utility room, or space in the basement. It is large and bulky. There is a required amount of clearance around the hot water tank, so it takes up a fairly significant chunk of space in your home.
I live in an area where the soil is sandy. Therefore, there is not a basement in any home around me. My old hot water tank sat in a closet at the end of the hallway. In fact, this closet was dedicated to nothing but housing the hot water tank.
So as I struggled to find space in my tiny linen closet to store towels, sheets, and other linens, the hot water tank took up a very large closet that was purely wasted space.
The day we removed the hot water tank and replaced it with a tankless water heater, we immediately gained a large closet! We built shelving and reclaimed that formerly wasted space. This closet made a huge difference in the amount of storage space in our small home.
And in my home…when I’m happy, everyone is happy!
LENGTH OF SERVICE:
Traditional hot water tanks just don’t last as long as these heaters. You receive a much longer length of service when you select these water heaters over the tank-style water heater.
As I mentioned earlier, hot water tanks run frequently to keep the water heated consistently. This almost constant use greatly reduces their lifespan. This means you have, on average, 7-10 years of use before they get torn out and disposed of.
On the other hand, these devices lasts an average of 15-20 years before replacement. This is double that of the hot water tank!
PLENTIFUL HOT WATER:
I’ve saved the best advantage for last! The best benefit of a tankless water heater is the plentiful hot water!
Hot water tanks hold a finite amount of water. So, if your spouse just showered, you may need to limit your shower time or the hot water runs out! Guessing how much time you have to shower before the water goes cold can feel like a game of hot water roulette!
Conversely, a these heaters gives you an unlimited amount of hot water! Because of the water passing over the heating element as it delivers water to you, it’s safe to indulge in that very long, luxurious shower. Literally, you will have no fear of being left in the cold!