Tankless water heaters, also known as “on-demand water heaters” have become a big hit in the plumbing industry over the last several years. Tankless water heaters are energy efficient and are a solid investment that pays off in long-term savings.
Here at Air Temp Solutions, we have seen an increase in our customers requesting these fabulous tankless water heaters, so we wanted to share some pros of the tankless water heaters and why switching from your tank water heater to an on-demand water heater could be a good idea for you.
You Will Save Money in the Long Run
The feature that grabs everyone’s attention about a tankless water heater is the amount of money they can help you keep in your pocket over time.
No Wasted Energy from Standby Heat Loss
A traditional tank water heater uses energy 24/7 to ensure there is enough hot water available for you to use when you need it. Heat invariably escapes the water tank and needs to be reheated causing energy loss.
The tankless water heater does not work this way. It allows you to save energy by benefiting from high efficiency, only heating water when asked to. When you turn on a water source in your home, the cool water passes through a heater and hot water is created. Therefore, on-demand water heaters only use energy when water is in demand, which translates to huge energy savings for you.
You also do not experience standby heat loss like the traditional tank water heater. Your cold water heats up in seconds and travels through the pipes in your home to the desired tap location. Boom! Instant hot water when you need it.
Tankless Means Nearly 3 Times the Life span
Another big money-saving advantage of going tankless is that you won’t need to replace your hot water heater nearly as often.
A tankless water heater has an average life span of 20 years compared to a tank water heater that averages around 7 – 10 years.
It will be a long time before you need to replace your tankless water heater again.
You Never Run Out of Hot Water with a Tankless Water Heater
You may have experienced, at some point in your life, the unfortunate event of running out of hot water. Taking cold showers is no fun, especially when there’s hot water but it runs out right in the middle of the shower. This happens because you have come to the end of the hot water supply that was stored in your tank water heater.
Now, the only option is to wait for the tank to refill and reheat for more hot water to be available.
Running out of hot water is something that never occurs with a tankless or “on-demand” water heater. On-Demand water heaters operate based on a maximum flow rate. As long as your water usage is below that flow rate (our trained technicians will be sure to set your tankless water heater according to correct specifications) you will have access to an endless supply of hot water. No more cold showers!
No More Risk of Leaks or Water Damage
Over time, traditional tank water heaters will incur minerals from hard water building up inside the tank. As a result, corrosion and leaks will occur. As you can imagine, this can be a catastrophic situation. Imagine the gallons per minute leaking out of your tank water heater all over your basement floor!
This is one great feature of the electric tankless water heater – there is no tank, so there is no risk of leaks and floods.
While we do want to point out that tankless water heaters are not flawless – it is possible you can run into issues – but they help to eliminate any worry of a leak or flood, as that simply isn’t possible.
An On-Demand Water Heater is a Space Saver
Another great feature of the tankless water heater is that they are no larger than a large suitcase. These wonderful water heaters can be made much smaller than their counterpart, the tank water heater, because they do not need to hold 40 or 50 gallons of hot water at one time. Most of the time, a tankless water heater is even mounted on a wall in your basement, leaving you even more physical usable space.
Tankless Water Heaters Will Not Explode
Explosions are a very possible and serious risk (even though they are a rare occurrence) with a traditional tank water heater.
Minerals and sediment from the water can clog the valve of the tank water heater over time. If this valve becomes clogged, this can affect the flow rates. The amount of pressure inside the water heater can build up to a dangerous level.
Most newer tank water heaters come with a relief valve that opens and allows the pressure to be released in order to lower the chance of your tank exploding. However, tankless water heaters do not have a water storage tank, so there is zero risk of your tankless water heater ever experiencing this type of horrible situation.
Choose the Option you Deserve
Of course, like any product, there are pros and cons. Usually, a tankless water heater is a larger up-front investment than the traditional tank water heater. This is due to the cost of the water heater itself and any of the piping and venting costs that are associated to make sure the tankless water heater is installed and set to work properly.
You also experience a noticeable change within the home when switching to a tankless water heater. You are likely used to turning on your water faucet and receiving hot water instantly. With a tankless water heater, it takes several seconds for the cool water to heat up and be delivered hot to the faucet. However, after making the adjustments to your new tankless water heater, we are sure you will become accustomed to the change, especially with all of the positive benefits it has to offer!
Let Us Help You Go Tankless
Our number one focus at Air Temp Solutions is to offer you the best solutions for your plumbing needs. Our mission is to find and create the best outcome for you and your home. And we take our mission seriously.
We take into account several important factors such as the number of people in your home, the number of appliances in your home that need hot water, your fuel source, and the installation site. By assessing all these details, we can offer you the best solution.
If you would like to schedule an in-home tankless heater consultation or if you have further questions about the idea of switching from your traditional tank water heater, give us a call today.