We get this question often: what’s a tankless water heater and should I get one? There are many benefits to tankless water heaters (also known as on-demand water heaters) and might be just what your household needs.
Conventional water heaters store water and heat it up via an electric or gas burner while in the tank. The water is then pushed through pipes to whatever faucet has the hot water valve open. Tankless water heaters operate by drawing cold water through a pipe into a heat exchange which then pushes hot water to your pipes.
So what type of water heater is best for your situation? Like anything in life, it’s important to review the pros and cons. Let’s break down the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Hot water at your fingertips nearly instantly. This is probably the largest appeal of tankless water heaters.
They are a lot smaller in size than conventional water heaters allowing them to fit in small or tight spaces.
No more running the water first before getting in the shower.
The average lifespan of a conventional water heater is 10 to 15 years while a tankless water heater is expected to last 20+ years.
Tankless water heaters use 30 to 50 percent less energy than conventional water heaters. Less energy = lower energy bills!
Some tankless water heaters qualify for federal tax credits. (This can help offset the upfront costs!)
If you’re going to use this in a large house, you’ll need a larger unit and/or several smaller units. The upfront costs can add up. (But remember, they last longer!)
Tankless water heaters typically can’t supply enough hot water for simultaneous usage. For example, you may not be able to shower while running a load of laundry.
One of the biggest complaints is inconsistent temperatures. This is typically due to simultaneous usage and can be remedied by installing a smaller unit dedicated to one faucet such as a washing machine.
Tankless gas water heaters must be vented to the outside.
If you’ve weighed the pros and cons of tankless water heaters and are ready to talk to a professional about installation, give Top Notch Plumbing a call. We are pressure-free, well versed in all types of water heaters, and provide free estimates. Our services don’t stop at installation either, should your water heater need servicing, we’ve got your covered there as well.
Why not have hot water as an option on our outdoor faucet? With how long and cold the fall/winters are here in the Olympia area, having a hot water option is a great addition. Here are some reasons to consider adding one to your home.
When you want to wash your car on that chilly day wouldn’t it be nice to not have your hands freeze?
Works great for washing your dog outside allowing you to use warm water to make the bath better for you and the pooch.
If you have a house near the water or beach there is nothing better then a quick rinse off of sand.
The cost of the faucet is a bit more then just a cold water faucet but it sure is a nice feature, especially when selling a home. If you are replacing your outdoor faucet or doing new construction, it’s one of those small things that makes a home unique that not every home has. It’s one of those things that once you have you wonder why you never had it before.
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