3 Reasons A Tankless Water Heater May Be Best For Your Home
While the initial costs of purchasing a tankless water heater can seem daunting, the many benefits of owning one truly outweigh the costs. Read on to see all of the ways you and your home can benefit by switching to a tankless model.
Increased Energy Savings
Keeping hot water in reserve seems rather expensive, but this is exactly how standard water heaters work. Cold water is taken to the top of the tank and then heated to the designated temperature. The temperature of the water is then maintained until it's used.
Tankless water heaters work by heating water on demand. This means that water doesn't need to be maintained at a specific temperature for any amount of time. Instead, it's only heated when it's needed. Tankless heaters use anywhere from 30 to 50% less energy than standard tanked heaters. This translates into significant monthly savings for you.
Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years—that's double the expected lifespan of a tanked heater. If your standard water heater is less than 10 years old, you may be wondering if the energy savings make it worth it to replace your current system with a tankless one. This will depend on a number of factors, which is why it's best to speak with a contractor experienced in the operation of standard and tankless systems. They'll help you to evaluate your current energy costs and compare them to the expected energy costs of a tankless water heater for the amount of heated water you use every month.
As you can imagine, standing water accumulates rust and scale buildup. With a tankless water heater, you don't have to worry about the condition of the hot water flowing from your faucet or showerhead—it comes straight from the pipelines and hasn't been sitting for hours. The constant flow of water (and lack of standing water) means less maintenance is required to keep your tankless water heater running smoothly. With a tankless water heater, there's little to no chance of scale and rust buildup making its way through your pipes.
While there are many benefits to owning a tankless water heater, they aren't for every home. Speak with an experienced contractor about your options. In general, tankless heaters can increase your energy savings and decrease costs related to repairs and replacement. The water being used will also be cleaner as it isn't standing water.