Did you know that water heating accounts for almost 20% of your home’s energy usage? Just underneath your heating and cooling system, this is a major portion of your utility bill. If you’re in the market for a new water heater or just looking to save money on your next bill, a tankless water heater might be right for your home. Besides energy and cost savings, there are several other reasons to choose a tankless style water heater over a traditional tank-style. The experts at Fosh are sharing the benefits of a tankless water heater and why upgrading to a tankless model is a valuable enhancement for your home.
How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand or instant water heaters, are an excellent long term investment. A traditional style water heater continuously uses energy to maintain a hot water supply, costing you money. Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters only generate hot water when needed, like when using appliances or opening a hot water tap. Tankless technology heats the water directly as it flows towards the faucet, instantly supplying you with hot water whenever you need it.
Whether you’re washing dishes, taking a shower, or cooking, your water heater makes these tasks possible. Read on to find out how your home can benefit from a tankless water heater installation.
The main advantage of a tankless water heater is it saves more energy than a traditional water heater. Your outdated tank-style water heater has a 40 to 50-gallon water supply that it maintains the temperature of all day, every day. This expends a great deal of energy and is costly. Tankless water heaters only produce hot water on demand and do not maintain a steady supply of hot water. By only heating water when you need it, you can reduce your energy usage by over 30% compared to a tank-style water heater.
Continuous Hot Water
If you’ve ever run out of hot water, chances are your home operates with a tank-style water heater. Tankless water heaters offer a continuous supply of hot water, so you never have to worry about running out again! A tankless water heater can produce anywhere from 5 to 7 gallons of hot water per minute, meaning you can shower and run appliances simultaneously without worrying about using all the hot water.
Extended Life Span
On average, a tank-style water heater lasts between 8 and 12 years. A tankless water heater can last twice as long, and with proper maintenance can offer up to 20 years of use. Manufacturers typically offer a longer warranty on tankless heaters because of this.
Reducing Flood Risk
A traditional, tank-style water heater is subject to rust and scale accumulation, and overtime, that buildup inside your tank can lead to leaks and eventually flooding. Because a tankless water heater doesn’t have a tank, there is a low risk of leaks or flooding.
Tankless water heaters have a compact design and can be installed on a wall, in sink cabinets, or a closet. If you’re looking for a water heater that takes up less space, a tankless heater is for you.
If you’re still wondering how a tankless water heater can work in your home, contact the experts at Fosh Plumbing & Heating Inc. today. Our team can work with you to determine the best option for your space and provide you with the highest level of customer satisfaction when we complete a water heater service on your property. Call us today to request an estimate.