Hi, today I would like to cover with you the top 5 reasons people are choosing tankless water heaters over your conventional water heater with a large tank. If you didn’t know, tankless water heaters are devices that rapidly heat up water only when you need it, saving you from a bulky tank in your basement. Without any further ado, let’s get into the top 5!
Reason #1: Unlimited Hot Water
For many people, the attraction of unlimited hot water that a tankless heater provides is more than enough to justify their purchase. Tankless water heaters are able to deliver unlimited hot water due to the way they work: when you turn on the hot water, the cold water first flows through the “heating elements” of the tankless heater. This could be electrical or gas powered depending on your heater. This cold water is then rapidly heated (in just a few seconds) and quickly delivered to your fixture, on-demand. This way, the heater can continuously create hot water for all your devices.
Reason #2: Energy Savings
Much of the world today seems to be on a “green kick”. We are all about saving energy and saving the environment. If that sounds a little out there to you, how about the money you can save due to these energy savings? Because tankless heaters have no “stand-by heat loss”, they are able to save you massive amounts of electricity. Your average tankless heater can save you about $80 per year, while some of the ultra efficient models can take your savings through the roof! Each individual situation is different, but with a few simple calculations you can figure it out for yourself.
Reason #3:Longer Lifespan
Another great benefit of purchasing a tankless water heater is that they are able to last much longer than a normal water heater. A conventional water heater has a lifespan of around 5 – 10 years, while your tankless water heater can last 10 – 20, depending on the model. Some of the electric water heaters even come with lifetime warranties when installed properly! Imagine that, never having to worry about your water heater again!
Reason #4: Space Saving
No one wants a ginormous tank sitting in their basement taking up space, but we’ve been forced to do just that with your normal water heaters. Take that space back when you switch to a tankless heater! Tankless heaters are extremely small and slim, some are about as big as a dictionary.
Many can be mounted on the wall or installed outside with the use of an anti-freeze kit, saving you a lot of space and opening up your basement. Give it a try! Walk downstairs, notice how big your water heater is and how much room it is occupying. Now imagine that space without the heater! It can be a big difference. Additionally, if you are the adventuring type, there are tankless water heaters that are perfect for RVs and / or while camping. Check out some of our favorite propane tankless water heaters for travel.
Reason #5: Safety and Cleanliness
Have you ever considered the possibility of flood damage from a ruptured water heater? This could be a big problem if you have valuables in your basement that are sensitive to water. As the water heaters get older, their casing becomes rusted and weakened over time, increasing your chance of a flood.
Tankless water heaters completely mitigate this risk, because water is only heated as it is needed and no excess water is stored in a tank. This has the added bonus of also keeping your water cleaner: your hot water isn’t sitting in a tank with accumulated rust and scale so the quality will be superior. Additionally, many tankless water heaters have temperature monitors that prevent scalding hot water from reaching your faucet, making sure your whole family will not be burned.
There you have it, the top 5 reasons to make your next hot water heater a tankless one. I think you would agree the cost savings, the unlimited hot water, the reduced profile all lead up to a quality purchase that you will be satisfied with for years to come. Check out our top 3 point-of-use and top 3 on-demand heaters by visiting our home page. Thanks for reading!
William Fisher is an independent contractor from Austin, Texas as well as the editor and main contributor to TanklessHeat.org. He has over 30+ years experience in the general contracting field. Check him out on Google +
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