Hot water is a necessity in a person’s daily life. You need it to bathe, wash clothes and wash dishes. Unfortunately, traditional water heaters do not always supply enough hot water to meet a household’s needs.
This is one of the reasons why it is a good idea to install a tankless water heater system. These systems are still unfamiliar to many consumers, but the following information will help you understand more about this type of water heater, the pros and cons of owning one and we will give a basic review of water heaters.
How Do Tankless Hot Water Heaters Work?
In a tankless water heater, the water is always hot. This is due to an on-call system. As the water flows through the pipes, the system is activated. There is a brass and copper heat exchange as the water passes through the system. The result should be the flow of hot water out of the faucet as long as it is turned on. The pipes do not take as long to heat up, so the water becomes warmer faster.
There are several advantages to installing a tankless water heater in your home.
If you have new home construction, and you are looking for a place in the floor plans to add a utility closet to store a traditional water heater, you will not have that problem when you choose a tankless system instead.
Tankless systems are typically around 28×20 and no more than 10 inches tall. They can be mounted on an interior wall or even outside of the home if they are insulated well enough.
This is a significant size difference when it is compared to a traditional water heater that can measure as much as 60×24. By installing a tankless water heater, you can use the extra space to expand your living area if you wanted to.
The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that tankless hot water heaters that are powered by gas can save a household over $100 a year in utility costs. An electric powered one can help homeowners save almost $50 a year.
The reason for these savings is due to the on-call system previously described. Water is heated only when there is a ‘demand’ for hot water in the home.
Increases Value Of The Home
When you make any updates to your home, you will automatically increase the value of your home. A tankless system that is new can last as long as 20 years while a traditional hot water heater averages around 13 years. This helps improve your home’s listing and asking price if you decide to put your home up for sale.
There are also a few disadvantages to owning a tankless water system.
To install a tankless water system in your home, you will have to pay more upfront than you would if you installed a traditional water heater. Unfortunately, this can be an obstacle for many homeowners. A traditional system cost a few hundred dollars, but an electric tankless heater can start at $500. One that is powered by natural gas can begin at $1000.
Another disadvantage is that although the on demand system helps homeowners save money, it can be frustrating if hot water is trying to be accessed in multiple parts of the home. For example, the hot water output will be limited if you attempt to take a shower and wash clothes at the same time.
It is important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of a tankless hot water system before you have one installed in your home. Decide if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages and meet the needs of your household.