Is a Tankless Hot Water Heater a Better Option for Your Reading MA Home?
Did you know that a conventional hot water heater is the second highest energy guzzling appliance in your home? They can cost up to $800 in energy costs per year in a typical household, especially in areas where utility rates are higher than the national average. Why so high? Conventional tank water heaters use energy to keep water hot in the tank at all times, even if it’s not being used.
During the winter, the need for hot water in your home will naturally increase along with your energy bill! If you’re looking for an energy efficient alternative to a conventional hot water heater, consider investing in a tankless unit. Commonly referred to as on demand water heaters, tankless hot water heaters only heat water when it’s needed rather keeping it stored and constantly heated in a tank. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless hot water heaters can be 24% to 34% more energy efficient for households that use 41 gallons of hot water per day or less.
While the cost and installation of tankless hot water heaters is higher than their conventional counterparts, many homeowners find their benefits and long term well worth the initial investment. Also federal tax rebates on certain models of gas-powered tankless hot water heaters can help to offset these costs.
Aside from energy efficiency, here are a few other tankless hot water heater benefits.
Say goodbye to cold showers
Not having enough hot water is probably one of the most annoying and embarrassing plumbing problems in Reading MA and the North Shore, especially if you have company! Since tankless hot water heaters only heat water when needed, you’ll never have the fear of running out of hot water. This allows you to take a shower, do laundry, and run the dishwasher at the same time, especially with models that have a large output.
Improved water quality
Scale, sediment and even rust can build up on the inside of a conventional tank water heater over time and may impact the quality of the water you use to bathe and cook with. Since there’s no storage tank, you won’t have to worry about this with a tankless hot water heater!
Conventional hot water heaters can take up closet and floor space. Without a tank, tankless hot water heaters are mounted on a wall inside or outside your home depending on the climate, freeing up precious storage space.
With an average life expectancy that’s nearly double that of a conventional hot water heater, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years and have service warranties between 10 and 15 years.
Still not sure if a tankless hot water heater is right for you? Give us a call and our friendly and experienced plumbers can help you make that decision. Our water heater service can help you find the right option that’s best for your needs!