It’s morning. You’re running late. You need to get dressed and out the door, but you can’t shower yet because you’re afraid there won’t be enough hot water. So you’re left with a difficult decision: either wait around until the water warms up, or hop in and hope for the best.
You’re no doubt familiar with traditional water heaters—those bulky cylindrical tanks that sit in everyone’s basement—but you should know there’s a better way. The newest water heaters on the market are smaller, more energy efficient, and, best of all, they provide endless hot water.
The Difference is the Tank
Traditional water heaters keep large amounts of heated water in reserve so it’s ready when you need it (hence the big tanks). And while that system works okay, there are a couple of major problems with it. 1) If you drain the tank completely, you’re out of hot water until more can be heated 2) it takes a lot of energy (money) to keep all of that water heated and ready—It’s almost like keeping a boiling pot of water on the stove at all times just in case you feel the urge to make spaghetti.
Thankfully, tankless water heaters address both of these issues. Smaller and less cumbersome than traditional models, tankless water heaters don’t keep large of amounts of heated water in reserve. Instead they are equipped with powerful heat exchangers that activate only when fixtures are turned on, which means you only have to pay to heat the water you need. And because the heating process is on-demand, there’s no risk of running out of hot water. That’s right, with a tankless model you can shower as long as you want without any fear of the water turning cold.
The Long Haul
Another problem with traditional water heaters is that they wear out and break down much faster than tankless models. Whereas you’d be lucky to get eight or ten years out of a traditional water heater, a properly installed and maintained tankless model can last upwards of twenty or thirty years. It’s also important to realize that all parts of a tankless water heater are replaceable, which means that with the proper repairs a tankless unit could theoretically last a lifetime. If a traditional model ruptures, on the other hand, you have no choice but to replace the entire unit (not to mention you might be dealing with a flooded basement).
All this adds up to tremendous long-term savings. Yes, tankless water heaters do require a bigger up-front investment, but over time they more than make up the difference in lower energy bills and saved replacement costs. Also, in many cases newly installed tankless water heaters are eligible for substantial rebates and tax credits. And of course with a tankless model you’ll always be able to enjoy the pleasure and convenience of endless hot water.
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