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Ask Art: Is A Tankless Water Heater More Efficient?

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Many homeowners are concerned about the overall energy efficiency of their homes, for the purpose of saving both money and the planet. One way to make that happen is through a tankless water heater. This system allows you to constantly heat and reheat your water, so you don’t have to wait a long while for it to warm up (wasting water in the process). While instantly heated water does technically require more energy, tankless systems use less power on the whole.

Is a tankless water heater right for your home? Here are a few things to consider:

Get Hot Water Instantly

Tankless water heaters have the ability to provide endless hot water in an instant. No more dealing with bulky storage tanks.

A Tankless Water Heater Lasts Longer

The tankless heater is known to last longer than other water heaters. If they are high-quality, they can last up to 20 years! Conversely, a standard water heater’s lifespan is roughly half that. The tankless water heater can save you from having to buy a replacement at the end of every decade.

Lower Monthly Costs

Yes, the tankless heater is more expensive up-front. But it is more efficient overall: roughly 22% more so than the standard heaters. This means you can save hundreds of dollars every year.

Save On Space

Bulky standard water heaters can take up additional space in your home. If you have a smaller place, this feature is quite attractive.

Ideal For Smaller Homes

Speaking of smaller homes, the tankless water heater has an additional benefit: they eliminate “standby loss,” which means that a minimum of three people can have enough hot water for their showers, dishes, and laundry. No more dealing with frustration from living with hot water hogs!

Enjoy A Longer Warranty On A Tankless Water Heater

Due to the longer lifespan of these water heaters, the warranty on them is also longer. Therefore, you’re not liable for any repairs or replacements for up to twenty years.

Potential Drawbacks

While tankless water heaters are ideal for many homes, it may be difficult for some homeowners to foot the initial bill. Traditional models cost around $500, but tankless options begin around $1000. The installation fees can also be more costly.

While the warranty on these water heaters last longer, the homeowner is required to do more yearly maintenance, which may include the use of a water softener. It’s also recommended to do a regular system flush to get rid of mineral buildup in the heater. It’s possible that the cost of these tasks could cancel out the monthly savings from using a tankless heater over a traditional one.

Tankless water heaters are not the only energy efficient option out there. Solar water heating is gaining momentum in many households, as they remove the need for gas lines. Because solar energy runs on power from the sun, gas and electricity aren’t required, so they are another way to save money.

Tankless Water Heater Installation In South Florida

It’s easy to ignore the water heater…until it stops working. If your water isn’t warming up as it should, don’t wait until your showers become icy cold – Art Plumbing, AC & Electric is here to help. We can install, repair, and perform maintenance tasks on both standard and tankless water heaters, as well as provide other plumbing services. We pride ourselves on providing the latest in energy-efficient technology to help cut the costs of utilities for our customers, and our water heaters are both high quality and come with warranties.

For questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 1-800-475-1504. We also offer same-day emergency services.

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