Hot water in your home is important and if you are struggling to keep up with the demand, you may need to consider a larger water heater or another option for heating the water for your family. One thing you may want to think about is a tankless water heater for your home. Most plumbing contractors that deal with hot water systems can help you decide if it is right for you or not but here are some points to help.
On-Demand Hot Water
One of the best features of a tankless water heater is that it does not store water in it. Because of this, it has to be extremely efficient at heating water so when you turn on the tap, the water is hot right away. This means you are not going to run the tank out with too many showers back to back. The water is continually heated as it passes through the system, keeping the water in the shower or sink hot until the faucet is shut off.
Lower Energy Bills
A tankless water heater only comes on when the hot water is required, unlike a standard water heater. The standard heater has a tank that the water sits in all the time. The water is a heater and as it starts to cool off, the water heater turns on and reheats the water. This goes on all day and all night, every day. The result is, you are paying to heat water that you are not even using. The energy bill is higher than it needs to be, and there is no way to stop this cycle except to turn off the water heater. However, it can take forty-five minutes or more to reheat that water once you turn it on.
No Tank to Fail
Another great thing about the tankless system is that breakdowns are pretty rare. There is no tank to spring a leak and the heat exchanger can last twenty or more years, depending on the amount of use it gets. The heating elements on most hot water tanks will fail long before that because of minerals and chemicals in the water that is sitting in the tank.
Cost of Installation
The cost of installing a tankless system is a little higher than a standard tank, but the savings you will get year after year are going to quickly offset that cost. You might want to go with a small system to start with to save money unless you need a lot of hot water. Talk with your plumber about what they recommend for your house and the family size you have living in it.
For more information, talk to a plumber about tankless water heaters.