The traditional solution for providing hot water for a home is to use a storage water heater with a tank. The tank stores up hot water, so that whenever you turn your faucet to hot, water flows from the tank, and you have an instant or near instant supply of hot water. While this system for providing a home with hot water has been in use for years, it is not necessarily the best option. In fact, there are at least three reasons why you should consider going with a tankless water heater instead.
You have to put a hot water tank somewhere, and this typically requires dedicating a small room in your house just to the hot water heater. Depending on how many people there are in your house, your tank can be quite large and will require giving a lot of space in your home to your hot water heater. On the other hand, a tankless water heater will take up significantly less room and should, thus, help you to save space. Especially if you have a small home, using your space wisely can help to maximize the room you have available.
A water heater can account for 17% of your energy bills. One reason for this is that as water is just sitting around in your tank, it will begin to cool, and whenever it does, your heater has to cycle on to maintain the temperature of the water. A tankless water heater, in contrast, will have a system of pipes that heat water as it flows through them. Thus, the heater only runs when you turn your faucet to hot. In this way, a tankless water heater will help you to save money by allowing you to heat your water more efficiently.
Constant exposure to hot water can cause the tank on a storage hot water heater to corrode, and rusty tanks will often end up in a landfill. You should not have to worry about a tankless heater corroding, and because the system is smaller anyway, there is not a lot of waste to deal with.
It can be costly to put a tankless system in an older home because it might require updating your plumbing and electrical wires. On the other hand, installing a tankless system in a new home is a much less expensive proposition, so if you are building a new home, you should seriously consider using a tankless system. For more information, contact a contractor, such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.