Water heaters are a virtual necessity in most homes, few are willing to sacrifice this comfort. Many people don’t realize, though, that water heaters are the second largest energy consumers in their homes. A water heater typically consumes as much as 20% of your homes energy budget. This places the water heater second behind your heating and air system. Whether you are considering replacing an old water heater, or just looking for ways to lower your energy consumption, replacing an old tank water heater with a tankless water heater can be the answer.
There are many benefits to a tankless water heater. One of the least considered benefits is space. Most people could benefit from reclaiming a little space in their overcrowded homes. The use of a tankless water heater could provide that extra closet you wish you had. A tankless water heater is usually mounted to the wall, in line with plumbing. Dependent on your water heater’s current location, this could be the answer to more space. Best of all, there is no chance of flood from a ruptured tank.
Tankless water heaters require a fraction of the maintenance of traditional tank water heaters and they have a longer life. The standard tankless water heater will last five to ten years longer than its tank cousin. Less frequent replacement means lower costs even when the unit is more expensive. Additionally, some tankless water heaters are controlled by remote so making adjustments to temperature seasonally can be handled more easily than crawling under the unit with a flashlight.
The efficiency and lower utility costs of a tankless water heater cannot be denied. Tankless water heaters work by warming water on demand. Most people only use hot water a few times a day, but the traditional tank water heater uses energy all day each day to keep reserves hot. If the tenants are on vacation, a tankless water heater will not use any energy at all, because no hot water is produced. Additionally, most tankless water heaters will come complete with a federal tax rebate of approximately $300. This offsets the higher cost of the unit in return for running a more energy efficient home.
Thinking about getting a new tankless water heater for your South Windsor home? Call The Water Heater Medic at (860) 896-3342 and set up an appointment with one of our experts today!