What are these people talking about? I can’t really be expected to go without hot water in my home, can I?
That’s not what we’re suggesting. If you read that title again, we’re talking about no longer storing hot water in your home—not about eliminating it entirely. Those are very different scenarios.
If you’re confused by what we’ve said so far, don’t worry. Our Sunny Plumbers are the Tucson water heater pros you can trust to set you straight. We’re going to be talking about tankless water heaters today—what they are, how they work, and why you may choose to use one in your home. As always, you should keep in mind that no single water heater is right for everyone. You may just find that a tankless model is right for you, though. And, if you do, you’ll want a skilled, experienced professional to install and service your system moving forward.
Read on to learn more.
Tankless Systems Save Energy
This is the major selling point for tankless water heaters. If you use a tank water heater, then you are paying for energy that is lost through heat transfer. Standby energy loss occurs when heat from the water in the tank transfers through the tank and out into the air surrounding it. Then, your water heater has to basically reheat the water in the tank to bring it back up to temperature. So, you’re essentially paying to heat the water again.
Now, you’re not starting from scratch. The water in the tank won’t get ice cold. And modern tanks are efficient and can have insulating materials added to their exteriors. That being said, a tankless system will provide energy savings in the long run. And, if you’re the type of person who really likes seeing returns on long-term investments, then you’re going to be very interested in tankless water heaters for another reason.
Tankless Water Heaters Last a Long Time
Your tankless water heater is going to outlast the average tank water heater. There is no denying that they hold the upper hand in this regard. They cost a lot more than tank models do, however. If you are not planning on being in your home for the next, say 20-25 years, then maybe you just want to save money upfront. However, because tank water heaters will typically last to see age 20-25, and because they don’t lose energy to standby loss, they can really help you to save money in the long run.
To put this into perspective, consider that your average tank water heater is going to last somewhere in the 12-15 year range. Your tankless water heater won’t double in longevity, necessarily—but it can come pretty close! At least, that will be the case when you schedule your tankless water heater services with the skilled professionals on our team. If you think that going tankless is right for you, then be sure to give us a call.