If your home is in need of a new water heater, you have a few options available to you — and the most modern and (in many cases) efficient of these is the tankless water heater. Many homeowners find that not only does a tankless water heater reduce their water and energy bills, but also provides them vastly improved comfort and hot water access throughout their home.
At City Creek Plumbing, we offer a variety of water heater services to our clients, including tankless water heater installations and maintenance solutions. What is a tankless water heater, what are its typical benefits, and what are some common situations where you should consider a tankless water heater? We’ll go over all these elements and more in this two-part blog series.
Tankless Water Heater Basics
For those who are unfamiliar with them, a tankless water heater is a small, continuous-running appliance that heats water on an as-needed basis. As the name suggests, these units are installed directly in your home’s hot water system — they are not large tanks of heated water that have to be constantly topped off.
Instead, you get all of the benefits of a gas or electric hot water tank with none of the associated downsides. Tankless water heaters provide a virtually limitless supply of hot water on demand — they never run out of hot water. They utilize a gas-fired burner or electric component anytime your hot water taps are open, heating water directly as it flows toward your required output area.
Tankless Water Heater Benefits
Here are some of the top qualities of tankless water heaters that have made them so increasingly popular among homeowners:
- Lower energy and water bills: Tankless water heaters only produce the amount of hot water that is actually needed at a given time. This means you’re not paying to keep a large tank full of heated water at all times — and since tankless units offer a virtually endless supply of hot water, this reduces your wait time when multiple people in the home need access to hot water.
- Longer lifespan: Due to their lack of moving parts, tankless water heaters have an extremely long lifespan. This means lower maintenance costs over the years, as well as fewer headaches for homeowners.
- Increased hot water access: Tankless water heaters can be set up to serve either a whole home or multiple zones within your home — so regardless of where the hot water requirement exists, you’ll always have access to it.
- Eco-friendly installation and operations: Tankless water heaters use significantly less energy than traditional hot water tanks, and 100% of the energy they do use is used for heating your water — there is no wasted energy. This results in lower operational costs and a reduced environmental impact.
For more on tankless water heaters, or to learn about any of our plumbing services, speak to the pros at City Creek Plumbing today.