If you compare water heater options for your Ann Arbor Home, be sure to consider tankless water heaters. There are a lot of benefits, such as tankless units require less space and net energy savings. Before making the switch, consider these other benefits and drawbacks of tankless water heating. When you’re ready to learn more, contact Hoover for a plumbing services free estimate.
Pros of Tankless Water Heaters
More Energy Efficient
One of the main advantages of tankless water heaters is their energy efficiency compared to traditional water heaters. Tankless water heaters only heat water when you need it.
Because they avoid this standby heat loss, a tankless model in a household which uses 41 gallons or less of hot water each day can expect energy savings of between 24 – 34 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Tankless Water Heaters Cost Less Over Time
Water is heated on-demand, therefore tankless water heaters eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank. As a result, the typical family saves about $100 or more per year with a tankless water heater installed in their home, depending on how much water they use.
Tankless Water Heaters Provide an Instant, Continuous Hot Water Supply
Once they flush the cold water from the pipes out of the faucet, tankless water heaters provide an unending stream of hot water almost immediately. No more wasting water while you wait for hot water to arrive. This also makes them ideal for filling a big hot tub or a whirlpool.
Tankless Water Heaters Have a Compact Size
It’s right there in the name. Tankless water heaters don’t have a tank, which makes them much smaller. Tankless models are so compact, in fact, you can mount them on a wall and give yourself more room for other things. This is a huge advantage if you lack storage space in your home.
Tankless Water Heaters Last Longer
Another way tankless water heaters save homeowners money is their long life expectancy. You won’t have to replace it as often as a standard tank water heater. A standard water heater lasts roughly a decade, while a tankless model lasts an average 15 to 20 years or more with proper care. Overall, you’ll replace this appliance less often.
Perceived Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
As with most newer technology, tankless water heaters generally have a larger upfront cost. They may also require additional specialized labor costs for a special, dedicated sealed vent system.
Most homeowners, however, find the immediate water and energy savings plus the longer lifespan negate these concerns. You may consider how long you plan to be in your home, as well.
May Need a Water Softener if You Don’t Already Have One
To enjoy its benefits and ensure it operates effectively, tankless water heaters usually require a connection to a water softener. This might add another expense if you don’t have one. If needed, at Hoover we also provide many water treatment services, including water softeners.
Not Enough Water for Larger Homes
Tankless water heaters produce hot water almost instantly, but they may not be able to supply enough hot water for simultaneous demands. For example, if you’re filling a bath with hot water while running the washing machine of if two people want to take a hot shower at the same time, a tankless water heater may not generate enough hot water for both uses.
There are tankless water heaters made for larger than average homes. Other homeowners opt to install two or more, depending on their needs. A family may install one downstairs for kitchen and laundry use and one upstairs for showers and baths. Tankless water heaters are so small, they are installed in a closet or even in a sink cabinet.
Other Ways to Save Water
If you’re not ready to adopt a new water heater, you can still save when you change your water usage habits. Low-flow plumbing fixtures or a more efficient dishwasher save money as well as drip irrigation in your garden.
Hoover is Here to Help with Tank and Tankless Water Heaters in Michigan!
If you’re still not sure if a tankless water heater is the right choice for you, Hoover Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has a team of pros happy to help you weigh your options. Contact us to discuss tank or tankless water heater installation in your home.
We’ve been helping families throughout southeastern Michigan including Detroit, Clinton Township, Warren and Ann Arbor for nearly 40 years. We also provide finance options for major repairs and new installations. How can we help you today?