Each and every day we find ourselves in a technologically advancing world. Plumbing technology is not exempt from these advances. One technology that was developed years ago, but is gaining more popularity these days, is the tankless water heater. This is also known as a demand water heater. Other countries have used this type of water heating for many years, but it is now becoming more commonplace in the United States. As winter approaches, the Plumb Doctor wants to make sure you do not find yourself without a reliable water-heating system.
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed. Instead of using a traditional storage tank, tankless water heaters use a heating mechanism (varies according to model), to heat the water as you need it. That is to say, when you turn on the hot water, cold water is drawn into the tankless water heater. In comparison to standard storage/tank water heating systems, this “on-demand” type of technology allows for greater energy-efficiency.
What about cost?
Often, water heating accounts for a significant percentage of a home’s energy costs; therefore, it is important to investigate all your options when looking to potentially upgrade your water heater. The price of a tankless water heater varies upon the needs of your household. There are different models for gas vs. electric, and installation costs will also vary. Despite the initial cost of buying the unit, a tankless water heater can help reduce your energy usage and utility costs. A consultation with the Plumb Doctor can help you find the right model for your home and answer any questions you may have.
Why should I consider making a switch?
Most traditional households have storage/tank water heaters. These storage units have one major flaw – standby heat loss. Storage water heaters constantly lose heat through the walls of the storage tank. This heat/energy loss costs you money in the long-run. One of the most appealing advantages of the tankless water heater is that they never run out of hot water. As long as you have enough capacity to meet your consumption demands, you’ll find yourself in hot water (the good kind). Moreover, if you have limited space in your home, a large storage water heater can be cumbersome – a tankless water heater could help mitigate this issue. One of the major arguments against a tankless water heater is that it simply does not make sense for whole-house hot water usage. It is important to do your research and consult the Plumb Doctor when making such an important economic decision for your household.
There are positive and negatives to every water heating option, so please reach out to the Plumb Doctor so we can discuss your options and help you find the best water heater for your home.