We say it all the time, but we’re going to say it again here anyway — flushing your water heater once a year is really important. Not doing so will directly affect the quality and pressure of all hot water in your home, and the last thing anyone wants is to run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, right? While continual maintenance is important, it’s a pain at the same time because let’s be honest, who puts that much thought into their water heater?
But did you know that hot water production accounts to roughly 20-25% of your energy bill? That’s a big chunk, and it should be enough to make you start paying a little more attention to your water heater. And that is where tankless water heaters come in. With a tankless water heater there is no water storage involved, and water is heated up only as you need it. The best part about it is that it doesn’t turn on or use energy unless someone inside the home needs hot water, which amounts to a huge energy savings.
Why are Tankless Water Heaters so Great?
“Instead of being always on and running like traditional heaters, the tankless water system shuts down until someone in the house turns on a hot water faucet,” said John Moore Services Senior Operations Manager Joe Bany. “It is basically a heat exchanger that is made up of a bunch of coils. These coils heat up very quickly and are able to heat the water immediately as it comes through the system.”
The perk that catches the eye of many homeowners is the thought of never running out of hot water. With a typical family of four, the last person to take a shower in the morning often gets the short end of the stick. Most traditional water heaters provide around 35 gallons of hot water before it begins to run out. But with the tankless system, you can run your washing machine and dishwasher, fill up the bathtub, and take a long shower and not run out of hot water.
Going tankless also means having more space throughout your home. A regular water heater is large, bulky, and needs a floor stand which takes up a significant amount of room. But a tankless water heater is mounted on a wall, and some can even be installed outdoors. This means extra storage for you in your garage — more room for stuff! Yay!
And the best part about the tankless system is that depending on which one you purchase you might be able to receive a federal tax credit for consumer energy efficiency. According to Energy Star, the purchase of energy efficient products, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, and by making the leap on energy efficiency, certain items are eligible to receive a tax credit.
Is there a downside to Tankless Water Heaters?
“The installation process for a tankless water heating system is pretty complicated. Most houses are not equipped for this type of heater so we have to go back and retrofit the house which can be pretty complex and will cost additional for changes,” said Bany. “There are many benefits of this system, but you have to make sure that your house will benefit from it before you think about installation. For example, if you are building a new house I would recommend having one installed, but if your house is 30 years old with older galvanized pipes, then it’s probably not the right system for you.”
To figure out if your house could go tankless, you should first look at your current water heater situation. If you have two traditional heating systems that are on opposite sides of your home, you would have to install two separate tankless water heaters, which can be expensive. But if you have two traditional water heaters that are side by side, you will only need to install one tankless system, and that can amount to a huge savings. Each home is different and should be evaluated to see if a tankless water heating system would be beneficial.
And there you have it. While making the decision to go tankless might be more expensive than purchasing a traditional water heater, over time the savings will add up and you will see and feel the benefits of never-ending hot water. If you are trying to make the decision and want to know if your house is the right fit for a tankless system, ask the experts at John Moore Services, we are only a phone call away.