10 Reasons Why You Should Move to a Tankless Water Heater
Why one should go tankless is like why you should use mobile phones over landlines. These are expensive to install these are more durable in many cases but most Dyer cannot fix them and have to rely on professionals if it malfunctions, yet it is wiser to move to tankless not only because it is state of art but also it is the smartest choice, how?
Here are my 10 reasons Why You Should Move to a Tankless Water Heater:
1. Saves space
It will save your space. You knew that right? But how much space, well traditional 50 gallon eats up 20 cubic feet but these tankless units are not bigger than a laptop sometimes even smaller so the space that is saved is nothing less than 12 cubic feet.
If you are wondering what to do with the space I suggest if you have nothing else to hang on or display you can simply keep it bare thus your bathroom/kitchen wherever you choose to install the Tankless Water Heater will look spacious and make room for future gadgets.
2. Saves electricity bill
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates one who uses gas-fired tankless heaters gets a saving of $108 (average) in energy costs every year one with electric tankless heaters over their traditional water heater saves $44 every year.
Tankless heaters have the self modulating technology. It has sensor which can sense the flow of water to a minimum activation rate and activate the heater upon reaching that level. So traditionally a burner will not be in action to keep tank full water hot round the clock.
Traditional heaters keep working even when you are not home, most tankless heaters have standby mode for idle hours when electric consumption are least. Or you can simply press the off button to completely shut it during vacations.
3. More energy efficient
According to ENERGY STAR® a regular family can save $100 or more per year if uses an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater.
A home that needs 41 gallon of water on daily basis can save 24%–34% energy if switch to tankless water heater. When a home owner installs a point of use system then more water and electricity is saved. This allows a home to enjoy 32%-38% more energy efficiency.
We are being conservative here most tankless water heater manufacturers claim to save 50%-60% energy. The formula to save more here depends on more usage actually.
4. More life span
Many points’ works on favor of tankless water heater’s durability issue. Firstly they are in action for less time than a same sized traditional water heater. Many homes use tankless only for an hour or two on daily basis whereas tank heater has to work round the clock to keep the stored water hot or when the faucet is under use and tank is emptying. It is cycling on and off all the time.
Tank water heaters contain water along with its elements like calcium and magnesium. Hard water has these mineral even more after storing them for hours much of mineral go down to the bottom and pile up. This causes the tank to last less than the tankless.
5. Easy maintenance
Another reason to go tankless is their easy maintenance feature. Tank type water heaters are more difficult to clean and maintain than tankless water heaters. All you need is an hour to descale the tankless system through maintenance valve. All you need is to shut off the water valves so that cold water does not surge in and use. 5 gallons (9.46 liters) of undiluted white vinegar as cleanser for the chemical to vanish. Chemical solutions are also good for this purpose but for safety of drinking water which may get contaminated from chemical solution white vinegar is preferred.
6. Never run out of hot water
With tankless water heaters you do not have to fear when hot water may stop. Here hot water comes to you as long as your faucet is running in force. Whereas in tank water heater in times of high demand tank can go empty and need 10-15 minute for restoring and heating the water.
7. They look better
It is one of the reasons why my friend went tankless. He wanted a sleek and chic look; available brands give special attention to this feature. You will get to see different type of dial, screen, and touch screen along with varying sizes. Whole concept of tankless water heater was to make bathrooms look better and hot water supply more efficient. Some tankless units looks so good home owners even flaunt them to the guests.
8. Increases resale value of home
Buying a tankless water heater and installing it is a costly business. This is why many people defer it. However the prospective home buyers and real estate agents are aware of it. In many cases they pose more value to a home with a tankless water heater than a home with a pool, because it has real purpose and use. According to the market a home with tankless water heater stands as a green home because they do not produce any green house gas. Also tankless water heater is one initial thing a buyer has to spend on. Because different size of home with different electric and wiring requirement needs different water heaters .So previous house’s water heater may not be moved. This is why buyers of a new home want to buy a home that already has a tankless water heater.
9. Claim tax refund
In many regions, going tankless not only increases home’s value it also gives the home owner a chance to claim a 300$ federal tax refund.
Some tankless water heaters are designed for campsite or tours. They are portable, hook it somewhere and attach to a water source use power or 2D cell battery they will let you have hot water in middle of a forest. These water heaters generally have low water pressure and activation rate is also lower than other tankless water heaters. You cannot imagine these facilities from a tank water heater for sure.
Conventional water heater’s biggest strength is its initial cost. They are 3 times cheaper but in long run this cost may not be limited to what was once spent. You will need to replace it, spend on maintenance; will have to compete with other member of family to have the shower first. So before making the decision to go or not go tankless, the limit to which you are ready to compromise is a question for you to answer.