Is a Tankless Water Heater the Right Choice for You?
Access to regular hot water is crucial for you to be comfortable at home. So when it comes time to replace your current water heater, it’s important to understand your options. Many homeowners are opting to save space and money on their energy bills by opting for a tankless water heater—also known as an instantaneous, continuous flow, inline, or on-demand water heater—rather than stay with the bulkier and cheaper traditional tanks.
But is a tankless unit right for your home? The experts at ComfortAire Heating Cooling Plumbing share everything you need to know to keep your hot water running smoothly.
Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters—What’s the Difference?
Where traditional tank systems heat and store water until you want it, tankless systems deliver hot water only when you need it. When you turn the faucet on hot, water runs through the unit, where gas or electricity heats it on its way to you. No actual water sits inside the system other than the amount you use.
Besides functionality, these systems vary in several different ways:
- Installation cost. Tankless water heaters are significantly more expensive to install—they cost almost twice as much as a traditional storage-tank heater.
- Energy costs. Because tankless systems work on-demand, they require less energy to operate than tanks, which heat water regardless of whether you’re currently using it. In fact, according to Energy.gov, a tankless heater can be 24 to 34 percent more efficient if you use fewer than 41 gallons of water per day.
- Heating speed. A tankless heater takes a few seconds longer to deliver hot water than a tank does. While a traditional unit has the hot water ready to go once you turn on the faucet, an on-demand system has to light and heat the water first.
- Space. Tankless units are significantly smaller than water storage tanks. This enables you to squeeze them into tight spaces or simply open up an area otherwise dedicated to large tank systems.
- System lifespan. On average, a tankless water heater lasts about 20 to 30 years—about double the expected life of a storage-tank system.
- Ability to multi-task. There is only so much hot water that can travel through a tankless water heater. So if you’re planning on running the laundry while you shower, the heater may have a hard time sending warm water to both places at once, unlike a traditional tank unit.
- Repair costs. Tankless systems have more moving parts than a storage-tank heater, which could result in more costly repairs should one of the parts break down.
Tank or No Tank, ComfortAire Installs Them All
Regardless of what system you think best fits your unique home, you can always count on the experts at ComfortAire to install it for you. Customers have come to us for our professional plumbing service since 1999 for a reason—our reliable work keeps them comfortable. Call us today at 715-325-3969 or contact us online to set up an appointment.