One of the most recent upgrades in home utilities is the tankless water heater. This device is extremely helpful and gaining popularity among homeowners. While tankless water heaters are costlier than the traditional tank unit, they are also highly efficient and can save you more than the upfront price in the long run. Want to learn more? Read on for more benefits!
Do You Need a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater is not right for every household, so you will need to know if it is something that will really help improve the water and energy efficiency in your home. The best way to tell is through an analysis of your home’s water use, the number of people in your household, and your home’s overall plumbing system. Our water heater experts will help you decide if a tankless unit is right for your needs.
What are the Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater?
Unlike the traditional tank unit, tankless water heaters provide an unlimited supply of hot water. The water is heated up as it travels through the system and arrives at your faucet at the desired temperature. This is extremely helpful when you have different household members taking a shower, doing the laundry, and using the sink at the same time.
In addition to unlimited hot water, you will also save on your monthly energy costs with a tankless water heater. These units use less energy to operate because you don’t have to wait for a whole tank to heat up the water, nor will you have to reheat idle tank water.
Tankless water heaters, when properly cared for, can last over 20 years (compared to the 10-15 years of a traditional tank unit). Tankless units have fewer moving parts and use less energy, which makes them more efficient over the long run.
So how efficient is a tankless water heater?
While preserving energy by running only as needed, these types of heaters also avoid the standby heat losses that occur in traditional models. For a typical household, using around 40 gallons per day, a tankless heater can provide 24%-34% greater efficiency than their traditional counterparts. That translates to a $70-$100 yearly savings. With an average upfront cost several hundred dollars higher than traditional models, tankless heaters can pay for themselves in a just a few years.
Are they as reliable as traditional heaters?
In a word, yes. Tankless heaters have a typical lifespan of 20 years, with easily replaceable parts that extend their life even further. Traditional tank heaters last an average of 10-15 years, at which point they're typically completely replaced. Joining the Johnson's Service Club can ensure your heater lasts as long as possible.
Electric or Gas?
A typical electric unit provides a hot water rate of 2-5 gallons per minute, with gas units producing slightly higher flow rates. Therefore, a gas unit can typically handle simultaneous use (i.e. running dishes while showering) slightly better than the electric units. Some older homes may require electrical upgrades to power a whole house electric unit. Our Johnson's team brings a Fully Licensed Central Indiana Electrician to applicable installations.