HOT WATER ON DEMAND
If you enjoy long showers or have many family members who need to shower at about the same time, a tankless water heater provides an infinite amount of hot water. The is the biggest benefit of a tankless water heater.
Since a tankless water heater is, well, tankless, you don’t need a whole lot of room for it. Tankless water heaters fit better in small spaces and leave you more room for storage.
Traditional water heaters keep water at a certain temperature all day and all night, whether you need it or not. It takes a lot of energy to keep water heated all of the time.
A tankless water heater only runs when you actually need hot water. Because of this, you can basically cut your water heating bill in half.
You can expect your traditional water heater to last about 10 years. A tankless water heater will last twice as long, about 20 years. That will save a lot of money over the years.
One downside of owning a tankless water heater is that they are more expensive than traditional water heaters. Of course, after the initial purchase, you will be saving money in energy costs. Also, as we stated earlier, your tankless water heater will last twice as long as a traditional heater. So in the long run, it won’t be any more expensive than a traditional water heater.
YOU MIGHT NEED A BIG ONE
Since a tankless water heater works on demand, a smaller one might not keep up with a larger family. If you have a spouse and kids, you might have to buy a larger unit to meet demand.
If you are trying to take a shower while the washing machine and dishwasher are going, you might not have enough hat water. Tankless water heaters supply a steady stream of hot water, but the supply is not unlimited. If two people are taking a shower at the same time a tankless water heater might not keep up.
A water softener is often necessary to ensure a tankless water heater operates as it should. So the extra equipment will add to the price tag. A water softener may actually take up more space than a traditional water heater would.
If you have any questions about tankless water heaters, give American Drain Co. a call.