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Homeowners are continually searching for energy efficient home improvements that both create an environmentally friendly home and cost savings for them. Tankless water heaters are one means to accomplish both objectives. Unlike standard units that continuously heat and reheat water so that it is always hot, tankless heaters generate water almost instantly with high-powered gas burners or electric coils. While this instant heating requires more on-demand power, the water does not have to be reheated again and again like in a standard tank model, which allows tankless systems to use less energy overall. According to Consumer Reports, which studied these appliances extensively, gas-powered tankless water heaters are approximately 49% more efficient when compared to traditional water heaters. This provides a typical family energy savings of about $128 or more per year, depending on water usage.
Aside from energy efficiency and a more environmentally friendly home, we have compiled our top 10 reasons to go tankless:
- The tankless water heater units heat water as needed when you turn on a faucet, shower, or appliance such as a dishwasher.
- They operate on natural gas, which makes conversion easy, as most homes already operate on a natural gas system.
- Tankless systems eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water continuously heated in a tank.
- They provide a virtually endless supply of hot water, which is ideal for larger families, as it allows for multiple showers and appliances to run simultaneously. They can also fill an oversized, jetted or walk-in tub without running out of hot water.
- They are more compact than a standard water heater and are mounted on a wall. This means they take up less room and allow for better air circulation in utility areas.
- Tankless water heaters have a significantly longer lifespan than a tank water heater if properly maintained. Most manufacturers warranty standard tank water heaters for 6 years, while tankless water heaters are generally warrantied for 10 years but have an average lifespan of 20 or more years.
- You’ll have unlimited hot water whenever you need it. The hot water is available in seconds instead of the minutes it typically takes for a tank heater.
- No tank means no risk of leaks and floods that can damage flooring and walls.
- Tankless models reduce the risk of scalding, as they can be set to safer temperatures of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Having no tank means there is little to no space to harbor bacteria, which makes your home cleaner and more resistant to viruses and infections.
Tankless water heaters are a convenient and effortless way to improve your home and upgrading to a tankless water heater is easier than ever before. Home improvements often qualify for financing options and rebate offers from local utility companies. If you’re ready to get a tankless water heater installed in your home, call Rentmeister Total Home Service for a free estimate, or visit our website at rentmeister.com