Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. Read below to learn some benefits of these hot water systems as well as some of their disadvantages.
One of the appealing benefits of tankless water heaters is that they save on energy and may lower your monthly utility bill. Unlike traditional tank-style water heaters that constantly heat and store water, tankless units heat water on demand. This means they only consume energy when hot water is needed, potentially saving energy. Tankless water heaters can be up to 30% more efficient than conventional models. In addition, these hot water systems have some other advantages over traditional systems.
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than traditional tank-based models, making them ideal for homes with limited space. This is especially useful in situations like if a homeowner is remodeling their basement and could use the extra space.
On-Demand Hot Water
Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, meaning you never have to worry about running out of hot water while showering or doing the dishes. This makes them particularly convenient for busy households with multiple people taking showers back-to-back.
A major disadvantage of tankless water heaters is that they are more expensive than traditional tanked models, making them a significant upfront investment. However, the long-term savings on your monthly utility bills may make up for this initial cost over time. They also have some other minor disadvantages when compared to traditional systems.
Flow Rate Limitations
Tankless water heaters, while providing hot water on demand, may not be able to provide the same rate of flow as their traditional counterpart. This means that multiple people using hot water in the house simultaneously could lead to lower water pressure.
Installing a tankless water heater can be more complex than installing a traditional tank-style unit. Tankless systems often require electrical and gas line modifications or upgrades, depending on the type of unit you choose. Finding a reputable HVAC company that can install this type of hot water system will take more time and effort.
At Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian, VA we install, maintain and repair heating and cooling systems. We are also expert water heater installers, provide indoor air quality services, and offer maintenance plans. Contact us today if you have questions about getting a tankless water heater.