Why Consider a Tankless Water Heater?
A hot water heater is an essential piece of equipment in our home because it provides hot water for your faucets, showers, washing machine and dishwasher. When it comes to deciding which type of hot water heater to install in your home, many people may consider a tankless water heater. Why?
First, let’s understand what a tankless hot water heater is. A tankless water heater, as the name implies, does not have an “tank” to store and heat water. To the contrary, a tankless water heater, uses a very energy-efficient type of heat pump engineering that only heats water when it is needed.
Benefits of a tankless water heater
There are many benefits to having a tankless water heater. Let us explore the benefits of a tankless water heater.
Provides on demand hot water
Perhaps one of the best benefits of a tankless water heater is that it can produce hot water instantly. Unlike, conventional hot water heaters, tankless water heaters do not require a large, insulated tank to be filled with water that then needs to be stored and must be continuously reheated to provide a ready supply of hot water for your home. It is for this reason, conventional hot water heaters usually require several minutes to generate hot water through this process of reheating the water inside the hot water tank itself.
Reduces energy costs
Even though a tankless water heater costs more up front to install, over time, it can reduce your monthly energy costs associated with heating the water in your home. That is because a tankless water heater, unlike a conventional hot water heater, does not need to reheat water in a tank over and over again, a process which consumes more energy.
Offers an endless supply of hot water
Another terrific benefit of a tankless water heater is that it can provide an endless supply of hot water on demand. With a conventional hot water heater, when sediment and/or minerals have built up inside the tank, this may cause your system to function less efficiently (or stop working altogether). That is because these minerals and mineral buildup displace the stored hot water inside the tank, which reduces the amount of hot water available for use. This reduced capacity can then make your conventional hot water heater undersized for your household hot water usage. A tankless water heater on the other hand, does not utilize a tank full of water, so there is no reduction in available hot water for use, which can give you and your family a seemingly endless supply of hot water.
Takes up less space
A tankless water heater is very compact because it does not utilize a tank to store water. A conventional hot water heater, on the other hand, can be quite large because a hot water heater needs to be large enough to store a sufficient amount of water for your household needs. Tank capacity for a conventional hot water heater needed to store water, can be up to 120 gallons. Popular sizes are between 40 to 80 gallons. Thus a conventional hot water heater requires much more space than a tankless water heater.
An additional benefit of a tankless water heater is that there is no chance of a water leakage because a tankless water heater is “tankless”. A conventional hot water heater full of water can leak due to a crack in the tank. This means that the area supporting and surrounding your conventional hot water heater tank and your garage floor, could be flooded with many gallons of water and incur damage resulting from it.