What You Should Know About Tankless Water Heaters

by Connor Pena

Most likely, you have a traditional water heater to store your hot water for when you need it. While this may be the traditional choice, tankless water heaters are a relatively new and excellent choice to consider. With no tank, these systems require less space, but they have many other benefits, too. Check out these three facts regarding a tankless water heater.

They Use Less Energy

Water heaters work by keeping the water in the tank heated and ready for immediate use. While this is great when you want to take a hot shower, it isn't great when it comes time to pay your electricity bill. In order to keep the water in the tank hot at all times, it must be running almost constantly. Newer models with better insulation can keep the water warmer without using as much energy, but all tanked systems heat the water even when you aren't using it. A tankless system heats the water only when you need it, which allows it to use significantly less energy.

They Provide an Endless Supply of Hot Water

There is a benefit to wasting all that energy: immediate hot water. When the tank is full of hot water, you can turn on the shower, sink, dishwasher, etc., and the hot water immediately begins flowing. Because a tankless system doesn't start heating the water until you need it, you may have to let the water run cold for a while. This wastes time and water. An advantage, however, is that you never run out of hot water (unless the power/water supply is lost). A tank can run out of hot water, and it must refill before you can use hot water again.

There Are Single-Unit Options

If a tankless system sounds like the best choice for your home, consider a whole-home unit. This type of system heats the water everywhere in your home: kitchen sink, shower, bathroom sink, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. However, if you believe a tankless system could only benefit one area of your home, such as the washing machine or shower, a point-of-use system may be better. These are installed near one faucet and only send hot water to that faucet. It may be a great way to save money on a faucet that frequently uses a lot of hot water.

If your traditional water heater is getting old or you are simply tired of high energy bills, consider replacing it with a tankless system. It doesn't provide immediate hot water, but it has many amazing benefits. For more information, contact a contractor in your area today.