If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a traditional kind of water heater. That means it has a storage tank that refills itself as needed and keeps the water hot, even when you’re not using it.
As with most things, technology innovation has paved the way for a new kind of water heater. In fact, you’ve probably already heard the name a few times – the tankless water heater.
So what is a tankless water heater?
Unlike conventional water heaters, tankless (also called on-demand) systems do not store hot water in a central tank for future use. Instead, they heat water only when a hot water faucet is opened.
Sounds like a great idea. But wait, there’s more:
Hot water now
This is perfect for families with teenagers. Tankless water heaters provide a continual supply of hot water. No. More. Cold. Showers.
No stored water
No more worries about flooding, or water damage. It makes sense. If there’s no water being stored, there’s no water that can flood.
Small is better
Tankless water heaters are the size of a fuse box and can be mounted right to the wall.
Tankless water heaters have very high efficiency ratings (nearly 99%). And considering more and more attention is being paid to energy conservation and environmental issues, tankless water heaters have become even more popular.
Did you know the average tankless system has a “shelf life” of greater than 20 years, vs. 10-15 years for a storage tank system? That’s pretty substantial.
So now the big question: should you or shouldn’t you? Well, if you’re considering doing new construction, it only makes sense to discuss tankless systems with your builder. With all the positives, it’s definitely an investment worth looking into.
Have any other questions about tankless systems? No problem. Just call your Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.