Have you ever had to take a cold shower because someone used up all of the hot water? This is the result of your tank water heater running out of hot water. With a tankless water heater, you’ll never have to worry about taking that shockingly cold shower again! While tankless water heaters have been around for a few years now, they’ve only really started getting traction now, based on their energy efficiency and how compact they are. A brand we use at Pulliam Plumbing is the Navien Tankless Water Heater. Time and time again, we have heard nothing but great things about this brand, making it a go-to for every client requesting a tankless water heater.
What exactly is a tankless water heater?
With traditional water heaters, the purpose of the tank is to be filled with water that is kept heated until it’s used for a shower, faucets, dishes, etc. The tank can hold between 20 to 80 gallons of water that heats to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. As the water is used, the tank will refill and reheat the water. If you end up using all of the water in the tank, you will have to wait until it refills and heats back up.
Tankless water heaters take away the wait time. The only water these units hold is what’s flowing through the unit using either gas or electricity to heat the water. With all of the benefits this unit has, it’s no surprise that it’s starting to pop up more and more. Some of those benefits include:
● Environmentally Friendly: The beauty of tankless water heaters means that they’re not periodically turning on to keep the gallons of water at 120 degrees. The only time the water is heated is when you’re using it. This means you’re using less energy throughout the day. Not only will this save you money each month on your energy bill, but it also reduces your environmental footprint.
● High Efficiency: With the tankless water heaters using less fuel or electricity, the efficiency increases to about 80-99%, as opposed to a 40-60% with the tank. Overall, you’ll conserve more energy throughout the house, no matter where the water is run.
● Long-term Savings: Tankless water heaters can last 20 years or more depending on their regular maintenance, where a tank water heater will only last 10 to 15 years. The upfront installation cost for a tankless water heater is a little more expensive, but how much you’ll be saving each month gives a payback period about 10 to 25 years. Those years you’ll end up getting paid for having such a sufficient tank working flawlessly in your home. If you have an electric tankless water heater, you could be getting even more payback than a gas model.