Before you decide to by a tankless water heater, keep these things in mind:
- Demand—should the unit supply water for a single room or the entire home?
- What type is right—electric models are ideal for some homes but require proper voltage and power supply adding to costs.
- Location—tankless heaters require a close power source not farther than 50 feet away. Make sure you can supply that distance.
- Endurance—tankless water heaters last for about 20 years which doubles that of traditional units.
A Bit of Background
Most would agree—nothing is a worse than a cold shower. Fortunately, our water heaters keep us nice and toasty in the shower, bath, and when washing our hands.
If you find yourself in an unintended cold shower, it might be time to shop for a new water heater. The good news is you don’t have to stick to the same brand or type of heater you had previously.
Modern technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives, including our appliances. Tankless water heaters, for example, offer a unique way to keep your water hot or cool without wasting water and jacking up your home utility bill.
Here’s what you can expect when you purchase a tankless water heater and why going this route is a often a really good idea.
How a Tankless Water Heater is Different from Traditional
A traditional water heater pumps energy into water being held in its tank. This is the case whether or not it’s being used. Newer tankless water heater designs only heat water when it is needed. The benefit of this is that you’ll reduce money spent on energy bills while reducing your impact on the environment.
Tankless hot water heaters can be used for one room or for large houses. However, as a property owner you’ll need to calculate how many appliances will use water and use that to determine the ideal size for your home. For many, a larger size is needed.
Longer Warranties Reduce Risks
Another major benefit for using tankless water heaters is a longer warranty. Most traditional water heaters have only a six-year warranty and typically only last 10 years. Tankless water heaters tend to last a lot longer and come with a 15-year warranty.