Many homeowners aren’t aware that water heating systems are the second biggest user of electricity in homes after air conditioning and heating. Yet, they are often overlooked when it comes to improving efficiency—only being replaced when they cease working.
Most homes in greater Phoenix have traditional gas or electric tank water heaters. You know them as the big white tanks typically installed in your garage. While this type of water heater is ubiquitous in homes across the Valley, it’s not the only option. A tankless water heater system is an alternative that a growing number of homeowners are exploring and installing because of the advantages over natural gas (methane), propane (LPG), solar, or electric water heaters.
What is a tankless water heater?
Also called instantaneous or continuous flow systems, tankless water heaters heat water as it flows through the device. They do not retain any water internally, except for what is in a heat exchange coil. A tankless heater can be installed either at the point-of-use or in a central location to provide hot water for an entire home.
What are the advantages of this alternative to traditional tank water heaters?
Here are three key benefits of tankless water heaters to consider before it’s time to replace your existing system:
- Lower costs
Because tankless systems heat water as needed, rather than keeping an entire tank hot for your use, it typically costs much less to operate. There is also less water waste, as you don’t have to run the tap while you wait for water to warm up. This results in lower monthly utility costs. Over time, this monthly savings offsets the cost of a new tankless water heater system.
- Continuous flow of hot water
It’s certainly a big surprise when you’re in the middle of a shower, and the hot water runs out. With a tankless system, you’re not using a limited tank of hot water. So, there’s never any risk of running out of water. As long as the tankless water heater is functional, you’ll always have plenty of hot water.
- More space
If you have your water heater tank in your garage, you’re aware of the space it takes up. In many smaller, older homes, available space is tight for accommodating a bulky water heater. When every square foot counts, a tankless system is the right choice.
Are you ready to learn more about replacing your water heater with a new tankless model? Call the plumbing experts at Cool Blew today at 623-872-2900.