Are Tankless Water Heaters Right For Your Home?
What do you think of when you hear: tankless water heaters? People instantly assume different things.
- They are more energy efficient than their tank counterparts
- They only heat water as needed, so no standby energy losses
- They’ll have easy access to hot water when they want it
All of that makes homeowners seek them out when it comes time to install a new water heater into their homes. The trouble is, not all of the beliefs are true.
Tankless water heaters can be a viable solution for your hot water needs. But there are a few things you should know.
First, ask yourself what’s most important with your home’s water supply. For many, they have a desire for instant hot water. They’d also like to be able to take long showers without the hot water running out. This is why many turn to tankless water heaters, and after they’re installed, just as many are disappointed.
Tankless water heaters do not supply instant hot water. There is still a lag time between when you turn on the hot water at the faucet and the travel time from the water heater to your fixture. Instant hot water isn’t cured by installing a tankless system. For that, you’ll need a recirculating system.
Tankless water heaters also have a limit to the amount of hot water supplied. If you have a tankless water heater and you’re the only one in your home using it to heat your shower, you can enjoy as much hot water as you desire. But if you have a family and they call hot water to different parts of your home at the same time, your tankless water heater might not be able to keep up with the demand.
A tank water heater may store enough to allow you to wash dishes, do a load of laundry, and shower at the same time. With a tankless water heater, that may be difficult at best. You’ll have to pay close attention to the flow rate and the amount of heating the system performs. To do multiple functions at one time may require a bigger tankless system. Or installing two or three units throughout your home.
That’s not to say tankless water heaters don’t have their advantages. They do. Because the units are smaller, they can be tucked into a variety of places. If you want a tankless system specifically for your master bath, it can bring you as much hot water as you desire. And you can tuck it into a closet or underneath the sink.
And because of their functionality, the unit itself can last twice as long as their tank counterparts. That saves you money on updating equipment and maintenance costs throughout its useful life.
The important thing is to know what type of system is best for your home. Tanks and tankless water heaters both have their place in our modern homes. What matters most is your needs and what it takes to meet them. Let us help you define what system is best for you.