When it comes to water heater installation, there are numerous types of hot water units available to choose from but all can be classified into two main groups – tank-based versus tankless systems.
Traditional storage water heaters are a popular choice for large households and commercial users. All the hot water is stored in a large storage tank awaiting use. Tankless units heat water on demand, hence the name on-demand or instantaneous water heaters. Both types of water heaters have their advantages and disadvantages.
The following guide explains why you should consider installing a tankless water heater instead of one that uses a tank for hot water storage.
Savings on Energy (and Energy Costs)
One of the major drawbacks of conventional storage water heaters is they can waste energy by heating water you won't use immediately. This can significantly add to the costs of operation.
Instead of heating your water and storing it until it's needed, a tankless system heats the water only when it's needed. The on-demand operation can reduce your hot water system's energy usage considerably, reducing your energy expenses in the process.
Because of their tankless design, on-demand water heaters require less space to set up. The omission of a large water tank during the installation of your hot water system leaves you with extra space you can convert into something far more useful. This advantage appeals to homeowners with limited space for water heater installation.
No Tank Repair Issues
Problems such as leaking and corroded tanks are common with conventional storage water heaters. These problems can cause other problems such as poor water quality, water damage to your home, mold growth, and pest infestations.
Installing a tankless water heater will help you avoid problems associated with the use of a tank for hot water storage. This will help minimize the need for tank repair work.
Less Maintenance Hassle
While both conventional storage and on-demand water heaters require some level of care and upkeep to keep functioning reliably, the latter type of water heaters generally demands less effort to maintain.
The omission of a water storage tank eliminates the need to drain and clean the tank in order to keep the water sediment-free.
If the above water heater benefits appeal to you, then a tankless water heater may be right for you. Talk to a hot water system plumber about your needs and get a quote from them to start your tankless water heater installation project.