Most of the homes have a traditional water heater. These units use a holding tank to heat and maintain the supply of hot water for the house. But that does not mean that these units are the only choice you have when your water heater needs to be replaced, or your current water heater is not meeting your needs. In addition, many consumers are finding that the benefits of tankless water heaters, or on-demand water heating, are too exciting to ignore.
What Is On-Demand Hot Water?
A traditional water heater with a holding tank maintains a tank full of hot water at all times. So any time you open a hot water tap, you have access to all the hot water in the tank. The downside is that the amount of hot water you can use is limited by the size of your water heater holding tank. If you use up that supply, you must wait, sometimes for hours, for a new tank of water to be heated and ready for use. Tankless water heaters use a process called on-demand heating to eliminate the holding tank, the limited amount of hot water you can access, and a significant amount of the cost of your hot water. And they do it by only heating water when it is needed or demanded.
The tankless water heater uses the water lines transporting the water to your tap to heat it. This process means that as long as you have the faucet or shower turned on, there will be more hot water flowing to you. It is essentially an unlimited supply of hot water. But that is not the only benefit to this innovative water heating process and piece of equipment.
The Benefits Of Tankless Or On-Demand Water Heaters
- With no holding tank or water stored in the water heater, there is far less potential for corrosion and failures that could result in a flood inside your home. Eliminating this potentially costly and upsetting event is high on many consumer’s lists of priorities.
- Tankless water heaters are incredibly compact compared to their counterparts. With no large storage tank, these water heaters are about the size of a typical carry-on piece of luggage. That makes them ideal for installation in a cabinet, under the sink, or on a shelf in the bathroom, utility room, or closet.
- Tankless water heaters are 99% energy efficient, making them the best choice for protecting the environment and your wallet. Because they only heat water when needed, you save a massive amount of energy and money. Keeping a traditional water heater’s holding tank of water hot 24/7 uses/wastes a significant amount of energy and hard-earned money.
- Tankless water heaters last about 20 years or more with proper care. That is significantly better than the decade or so of use you will get from the average conventional water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters Deliver Flexibility
If you are adding onto your home, building an exterior office, or in-law suite, tankless water heaters provide many options. Rather than extending water lines and adding to the workload of your current water heater, you can install a tankless unit in the addition and know that there will be plenty of cost-effective hot water for the new space. It is also a feature worth considering if you are remodeling a master suite and would like a designated and private hot water supply at your fingertips.
For a free, no-obligation price quote for a tankless water heater installation, call (334) 206-8878. The licensed pros at Alabama Home Pros will include all your options for a fully warrantied on-demand water heater.