Has your hot water tank seen better days? Before you replace it with a similar model, consider an alternative: a tankless hot water heater. This style of hot water heater warms water on demand instead of storing it in a tank. Though tankless hot water heaters often cost a bit more up front than standard hot water tanks, there are several reasons why they are often worth the extra expense.
You'll have lower energy bills.
With a regular, tank-style hot water heater, you pay for electricity or gas to keep the water warm, whether or not you actually need to use it. You're paying to keep water warm when you're gone at work for the day, and in the middle of the night when you're asleep. With a tankless hot water heater, energy is only used when you need to heat water. When you're away from home or sleeping, you won't be wasting energy to keep water warm. As a result, your energy bills are likely to decrease once you upgrade to a tankless water heater. Most homeowners experience an energy savings of 24 - 34 %.
You'll never have to take a cold shower again.
With a tank-style hot water heater, you have a limited supply of hot water. When everyone wants to shower back-to-back, the last person or two frequently end up taking cold showers. Forget trying to wash dishes and shower at the same time! With a tankless unit, there's no end to your hot water. It is heated as you need it, whether that's for one shower or twelve back-to-back showers. This is sure to come in handy when you have visitors for the holidays or if you decide to add to your family.
Tankless hot water heaters take up less space.
Hot water tanks take up a lot of space, and they're not very attractive. You have to be careful when you store near them in case they ever were to leak. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, is a small, box-like device that can be mounted on your wall. This will leave you more basement space for storage and activities. It also improves the look of your space; the tankless heater is easier to decorate around and camouflage.
To learn more about tankless hot water heaters, speak with a plumber from a company like Mr Rooter in your area. These units do need to be professionally installed since they integrate with your plumbing system.