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This is why you should switch to a tankless water heater

By March 3, 2019No Comments

If you’re wanting to make greener decisions around your house this 2019, look into your water heater system. Consider a tankless water system, they are “in” right now due to their efficiency, compact size, and longevity. Here are some more reasons why you should switch to a tankless water heater.

What is a tankless water heater?

A tankless water heater, also known as an instantaneous water heater, provide water only when it’s needed. Unlike, a traditional water tank that heats water and stores it until it’s used.

How does it work?

When hot water is requested via a tap, cold water enters the unit through a pipe. That water is then heated with either a gas burner or an electric unit. Depending on which heating system is used, that will determine the flow rate of hot water. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates of about 2-5 gallons per minute. Finally, the hot water reaches the destination.

One thing to keep in mind is that unlimited hot water is capable of this type of system. However, a tankless water heater can only provide so many gallons per minute. Make sure to inquire about a tankless water heater that can meet the demand for your home.

Energy Efficient

In a home that uses 41 gallons or less of hot water per day, a tankless water heater can run 24%-34% more energy efficient than the traditional water heaters. On the other hand, homes that use more water, around 86 gallons per day, can be 8%-14% more efficient. This is due to tankless water heaters only heating water when needed versus a traditional water heating wasting energy keeping water hot even when not in use (called standby heat loss). Read more about it here.

Requires Less Space

Tankless water heaters are very universal compared to their counterpart. They are compact in size, allowing you to place them in different areas. They can be outside or indoors. Smaller models can even be placed inside cabinets.

Longer Lifespan

Tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 15-20 years, unlike traditional water heaters who last up to 10-15 years. However, to reach higher lifespan peaks, proper maintenance must be kept. Read owners manual to learn how to maintain the system properly.

No Home Flooding

Due to the sheer nature of a tankless water system, there’s no tank holding water. Contrary to a traditional water heating system whose tank can leak or burst and cause home flooding.

Your Property Value May Increase

According to a Zillow home listing analysis, having a tankless water system may help when selling your home. After an analysis of 2 million homes that sold between January 2014 and March 2016, it showed how keywords (such as barn door, exposed brick, and tankless water heater) can impact a home’s sale price and how fast it’s sold. The data found that households with a tankless water system sold for 4% more than expected value and about 43 days sooner than expected.

If you are interested in a tankless water heater, reach out to Lowery Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Here to provide you with services on the South Plains that are both professional and seamless. Call (806)741-0519 to speak with a plumbing expert today.

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