Tankless water heaters are making headlines for homeowners who want a better way to heat their water. If you’re constantly running out of hot water, spending a fortune on utility bills, or just looking to upgrade your old, worn-out hot water tank, this might be the time to switch. But is a tankless water heater right for you?
Let’s find out.
How many times have you gone to take a shower after someone else only to find there’s no hot water? And now you’ve got to wait at least 20 minutes, if not longer, for the tank to heat more water and circulate it through the system.
A tankless water heater can deliver hot water when you need it, every single time. Some models even include a recirculating pump so that you get “instant” hot water anywhere in your home.
A traditional gas-fueled water tank wastes as much as 40-50% of the fuel it uses just keeping water warm when it’s not being used or reheating water again and again as you need it. Tankless heaters will heat water on demand and only heat what you need. That can save a fortune on fuel costs.
You can even find smart tankless systems that include apps, WiFi connectivity, and other features to help you save energy and reduce your expenses.
Tankless systems take up a fraction of the space of a traditional tank hot water system. These units are about as big as a suitcase (or a large electrical panel) and fit on the wall instead of taking up floor space. Tankless water heaters are also safer because they won’t leak, harbor dangerous mold and bacteria, or tip in the event of an earthquake, tornado, or other disaster.
The supply and exhaust vents are sealed on these units, too, which means that they don’t have the risk of leaking carbon monoxide into your home like a gas-powered water heater tank when back-drafting occurs.
These systems come in all sizes, too, so you can easily find one that fits your home. Plus, they’re easy to winterize and don’t require a lot of maintenance. Gas models can last up to 20 years while electric models can last 10-15, and you’ll save money over time with reduced energy bills. All in all, a tankless water heater is a great investment for just about any home. Contact Elk Grove Sewer & Plumbing to learn more about the services we offer for tankless water heaters.
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