Tankless water heater technology has remained largely unchanged for many years because it still works well today. There are several benefits of installing a tankless water heater, and here are a few of them.
- Energy efficiency: A traditional water heater uses a tank that heats and stores water. While you always have hot water on hand, you still need constant energy in order to keep the water in the tank hot. This is a wasteful, energy-inefficient system. A tankless system only works on demand, when it senses that a hot water faucet has been activated. That results in not only less energy used but lower utility costs as well. A tankless system can be as much as 30 percent more energy efficient than a tank water heater system.
- Operational efficiency: Tankless systems can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane, and most models can heat water much faster at less cost. An electric tankless system is best installed during the construction of a new home because existing homes may not have the necessary hook-ups or venting. For a new home, the cost difference between installing a tankless system and a tank water heater is not that significant.
- Durability: While the average tank heater has a span of 10 years, a tankless water heater is designed to last at least twice as long. The reason is that they are not subjected to the same kind of corrosion that can doom a tank heater.
- Space savings: One of the biggest benefits of installing a tankless water heater is its size. They are a mere fraction of the size of tank heaters, and therefore obviously take up less space. They are perfect for small homes and condominiums where space can be rather cramped. And they can even be installed outside of a home.
A tankless system is typically more expensive than a tank heater, but the cost is comparable to that of a high-efficiency tank heater. And since these are especially desirable, a tankless system will add value to your new home.
Feehan Plumbing & Heating professionals are experts in the installation and service of tankless water heater systems. For more information on the services we offer, call us today!