To tank, or not to tank: that is the question. Tankless water heaters, though nothing new, are slowly gaining popularity among homeowners in Alabama. The reasons are plentiful, but homeowners must consider the trade-off to a tankless upgrade vs. a traditional water heater tank.
Here are some basic pros and cons of embracing tankless technology.
Pro 1: Tankless Heaters Have A Longer Lifespan
Traditional water heaters last only 10-15 years, but tankless water heaters, also called demand-type water heaters, can last more than 20 years. Think about not having to take cold showers for 20 years. That’s a big benefit!
Con 1: Higher Initial Cost
Purchasing and installing a tankless water heater costs more than a standard water heater because of the unit’s higher production costs, venting, and other tasks required to support the unit’s demand.
Pro 2: Monthly Savings Can Add Up With A Tankless Water Heater
When it comes to how much money you can save with a tankless water heater, size matters. A typical family of four can expect to save more money in the long run than someone who lives alone, or a couple that uses less water. The amount ranges from $70-$100 saved annually through smarter water usage. Considering how long tankless water heaters last, the savings add up quickly!
Con 2: Inconsistencies in Water Delivery
Some potential drawbacks to tankless water heaters are that it can take longer for the water to heat, and there can be inconsistencies in temperature. Additionally, if your power goes out, the unit won’t be functional.
Pro 3: Tankless Water Heaters Save Space
If you’re short on space, tankless water heaters might be the way to go. Many of today’s models take up only a fraction of the space that traditional water heaters do. This feature makes it an attractive option for people in smaller homes or other types of residences where the available area is an issue.
Con 3: Additional Equipment Is Often Necessary
Installation of a tankless water heater might involve additional equipment, or a new water line, increasing the total initial cost of a tankless unit. Discuss these costs with one of our technicians to see what your home would require.
Pro 4: Longer Warranties Are Available
Some tankless water heaters can provide homeowners with warranties up to 15 years! That’s incredible peace of mind for customers. Be sure to compare brands to determine how long a potential warranty could be for your new tankless unit.
Con 4: Maintenance Is Often Necessary
It’s quite common for your tankless unit to experience maintenance problems from time to time. Whether the exhaust is blocked or the water temperature is inconsistent, you might find that the extended warranties offered by most major brands come in handy.
What To Do If You Still Can’t Make Up Your Mind?
After reading these pros and cons, you might be convinced that a tankless water heater is right for your home. Or, you might need a little more time to decide.
That said, the specialists at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air can talk with you about your options for a new water heater: traditional or tankless choices abound.
Whether you choose a traditional or tankless water heater, the best way to save money on your monthly water bill is to practice these water-saving habits:
- running your dishwasher or washing machines only when full;
- using a timer during your shower;
- turning off the water when brushing your teeth or lathering your hands for washing;
- making sure your water pipes are properly insulated;
And much more.
What else would you like to learn about hot water or other ways for your family to be more comfortable in your home? Call us today. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.
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