If your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s time to consider replacement options. Before you assume a storage tank is best, learn whether your Indianapolis home could benefit from a tankless water heater.
Tankless vs. Storage Water Heaters
You’re used to storing 50 or more gallons of hot water in a storage tank. A substantial flow rate gives you the ability to shower, wash dishes and do laundry all at the same time, but if the hot water runs out, you have to wait 20 to 60 minutes for the supply to replenish. You also waste a lot of energy keeping water hot 24 hours a day.
Tankless water heaters, also known as instantaneous water heaters, are different. They produce hot water on demand, instantly heating water with powerful gas burners or electric coils, depending on the model. By only heating water when you need it, there’s no standby heat loss and no bulky tank to house in a utility closet.
Benefits of Going Tankless
- Energy efficiency: The most prominent reason to buy a tankless water heater is the chance to save up to 50 percent over your old storage tank. The annual savings you enjoy pay for the extra upfront cost required to purchase a tankless unit.
- Unlimited hot water: The best application for a tankless water heater is a home where only one or two hot water activities typically happen at once. Back-to-back showers never go cold when you have a tankless water heater, thanks to its unique technology. If the lower flow rate ever becomes an issue, you can always install a suitcase-sized unit dedicated to the kitchen or master bathroom.
- Small equipment size: Water flows through a tankless water heater; it isn’t stored there. This means even the bulkiest tankless unit is smaller than the average residential storage water heater, which is good news in small homes where square footage comes at a premium.
If you think your home could benefit from tankless water heating, please contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing to learn more. Our experience dates back over 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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