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Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth the Extra Cost?

Traditional water heaters work by constantly making sure water is heated and ready for use throughout the home. Typically, there is only one water heater for a home, leading to inefficiencies that add up over time. Tankless water heaters are designed to provide an alternative to families that need a more consistent flow of hot water.

Here are some examples in which the initial higher cost of a tankless water heater will result in greater long-term cost savings and increased comfort for your family.

Fuel Costs

Traditional water heaters work by constantly maintaining a reservoir of prepared water for use throughout the home. As you can imagine, keeping 55 or 100 gallons of hot water ready at a moment’s notice can be a potentially wasteful enterprise, especially during times of low demand. A tankless water heater, however, only activates when it is needed.

“Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons (7.6–15.2 liters) per minute.” https://energy.gov/energysaver/tankless-or-demand-type-water-heaters

There is no discernable difference in quality for you since it takes just as long for hot water to reach the tap from a tankless water heater than it does with a demand-based tank. Consider also that the average warranty for tankless water heaters are 20 years, compared to 10 – 15 years with a traditional water heater. That can cover, over time, the increased expense for installing a tankless model in a modern home.

Endless Hot Water

Traditional water heaters operate at a happy middle ground between maximum efficiency and speed in replenishing used water. In short, if you choose a fuel-budget friendly model it is highly likely that you will risk running out of hot water before being done with your shower. Especially if you are the second or third person hopping in the shower.

Tankless water heaters do not have this issue due to providing hot water on demand. Of course, this can vary with electric versus gas-fired version. Energy can be wasted with a gas light constantly burning and this can vary model by model.

As long as the need does not exceed its capacity at that very second you will not have to worry about ever running out of hot water. Talk with your friendly Howell Services technician to see which model may be best suited for your family.

Hot Water Where You Need It

A common issue with traditional water heaters is that they are too bulky to have more than one in a large home. This means that there will be instances where hot water takes forever to get to the tap due to the simple fact that all of the cold water has to be flushed out first. Setting aside the convenience factor, this is a waste of precious water!

Electric tankless water heaters can be installed wherever they are needed. This means you can have a dedicated water heater for the second floor of your house where your regular water heater couldn’t reach without running the tap for a good thirty seconds. Put in the bathroom, this practically eliminates the time you waste in the morning waiting for the shower to warm up enough to hop in.

Investing in a tankless water heater does cost a bit more upfront than a traditional tank heater, though you make up for it in increased lifespan, convenience, and fuel cost. When it comes time to replace your water heater take careful consideration about how much you really want to spend every year, on average, on hot water. The answer to that question will determine whether or not a tankless water heater is the right solution for your family.

Contact Howell Services today to save $150 off your water heater installation. We can help you find the best option for your  home water needs.

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