If you need to get a new hot water heater for your home, now is a great opportunity to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater. Here are three things you should know about this water heater upgrade before you decide to get one.
Endless Hot Water
Does your family frequently run out of hot water in the morning when everyone is taking their morning shower? This is due to the limitations of a hot water tank, which holds onto a reserve of hot water so that it is ready to be used. Unfortunately, these tanks can't keep up with the high demand of needing to heat the water as fast as it is being used.
A tankless hot water heater can provide endless hot water for your home, so the last person to shower will never run into a situation where the water is cold. One thing to keep in mind is that all tankless hot water heaters are not created equal. There are more powerful models that can handle multiple people showering at once for homes that have two or more full bathrooms. Your plumber should be able to size the proper tankless hot water heater to your home's needs.
A hot water tank is always working. Even if you are at work or on vacation, the tank keeps that reserve of hot water ready to go when needed. This leads to a lot of wasted energy over the years, since the hot water tank is using energy to heat water that is not being used. This is not the case with a tankless hot water heater. The water heater only heats water when it is turned on, so there is no wasted energy keeping water hot.
Do you currently have a hot water heater in a utility closet or your garage? You're likely familiar with how big your hot water heater is due to the size of the storage tank. The footprint of a tankless water heater is going to be much smaller, with it being a wall-mounted unit that takes up about as much room as your electrical panel or gas meter. This can allow you to get some square footage back that normally belonged to that big tank, which is perfect for those homes that have a utility closet on the first floor.
Are you interested in a tankless hot water heater? Reach out to a plumber in your area to learn about your options for water heater installation.