A Tankless Water Heater: Is It Coming for You?


The topic of tankless water heating systems has gained more traction as housing sizes and energy efficiency increase.

What Do They Do?

Tankless (also known as on-demand) systems do not keep hot water in a central tank for later use, in contrast to conventional water heaters. They only heat water when a hot water faucet is opened, instead. Tankless systems can be installed in your mechanical room, but some homeowners choose to place them close to areas where hot water usage is high. This is a fantastic idea, especially if your kitchen sink or shower is far from a traditional water heater.

Low operating costs offset their higher price.

Tankless water heaters cost more than traditional models. However, it is also expensive to constantly have 40 gallons or more of hot water on hand to meet all of your household's needs. Systems without tanks only utilize electricity when a hot water faucet is open. The heater turns off when the faucet is shut off. Period. You'll use less water overall as well: As the heated water sits in your pipes, it begins to cool. How much wasteful water must be flushed down the toilet before you may have a relaxing shower?

tankless water heater mounted on wallRemember that North America typically has a larger need for hot water than other parts of the world. A single on-demand heater may not be sufficient to fulfill your fantasies of hour-long showers and spa-sized baths if your family is large or you have many bathrooms, although one unit typically suffices in a modest home.

If you choose an electric type, you might also need to upgrade your home's electrical panel. Gas on-demand appliances are unquestionably the better choice, especially if you already have access to gas. These appliances have gained EnergyStar® ratings.

They Lessen the Chance of Flooding

These solutions dramatically lower the risk of flooding by utilizing just roughly half the plumbing line and by eliminating the requirement to maintain a 40-gallon water tank in your basement.

Routine Upkeep Is Still Important

The majority of domestic water sources deliver "hard" water, or water with a lot of minerals. Tankless systems struggle with hard water (ahem). A water softener can be required. However, accumulating sediment and age pose less of a threat. Therefore, it's a tie, and routine maintenance will aid in preventing damage in the future.