When it comes to your home there are lots of choices on plumbing and electrical stuff. Even design and decor items are important but one thing that many people don’t consider when doing a home renovation is just how they can implement a tankless water heater into their home. Or more importantly, would it make sense to do so. In this article I will talk about tankless water heaters and whether or not they are a good fit for your home.
What is a Tankless Water Heater vs a Conventional Water Heater?
The Conventional Water Heater
If you’ve ever been in the shower and after a bit the water starts to get colder and colder? If so, you’ve probably got a conventional water heater installed in your home. A conventional water heater works by holding water inside a tank and heating that water, all throughout the day.
Conventional water heaters typically come in sizes ranging from 30 to 80 gallon tanks. Most larger homes will have an 80 gallon tank water heater so you’re not supposed to run out of hot water. But, if your kids are like mine then it could be a ticking time bomb on when you’ll run out of hot water.
There are heating devices in the tank to heat the water to a specific temperature and when you turn on the faucet for hot water the water that was heated inside the hot water tank then flows to the faucet giving you hot water. This design has been around some time and most homes in the United States have these installed either as gas or electric units.
The Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater works much different that a conventional water heater. For starters, the tankless water heater doesn’t have a tank that holds water (hence the name). It also doesn’t use any power or gas if the hot water isn’t turned on. These are two of the major differences in a conventional water heater and a tankless hot water heater.
When a hot water faucet is turned on in your home the water will pass through the tankless water heater. As it passes through the tankless hot water heater is heated to the appropriate temperature. You can set the water at different temperatures just like on a conventional water heater. As the water passes through the unit it’s heated and delivered to the faucet that is turned on.
If you allow the faucet to run for hours you should still have the same temperature hot water as you had just moments after you turned it on. Since the water isn’t drained from a tank like a conventional water heater you don’t need to worry about running out of hot water.
Should You Use a Tankless Water Heater in Your Home?
It really depends on your situation on whether you should use a tankless water heater in your home. But on most accounts the answer is going to be yes. Just for some it will make much more sense. I’ll give you a few examples of why having a tankless water heater is such a good idea.
If you are married and only you and your spouse live in the home and you work each day being away from the home 12 hours per day then why pay the energy bill to heat up to 80 gallons of water per day? Keep in mind that your water heater is constantly using energy heating up your water tank even if you’re not at home. And if you spend a few days out of town each week then, guess what.. That’s right, you’re still paying for your water heater to heat up water.
If you have a tankless heater the energy that you would be using is only being used while the water is running. How long does it take to get a shower? That’s about the time a tankless hot water heater would be on.
For families with a lot of kids and people that are home during the day using hot water the energy savings may not be as much. But, they are still there. A conventional water heater can account for up to 20% of your energy bill. Consider getting a tankless water heater and save on energy costs and get something that’s green for the environment.
Another Advantage of Tankless Water Heaters
Many times homes will have the conventional water heater installed in the garage. It’s usually bulky and an eyesore. Plus it takes away storage space that everyone needs. A tankless water heater has a much smaller footprint and can be installed under cabinets or in a closet somewhere. Or they can be installed in the garage like a conventional water heater. Chances are you’re not going to be able to hang a conventional water heater on the wall like a tankless water heater however.