It’s never fun to be the last one in the shower and feel the water temperature go from hot to warm to cold. When this happens, that means the hot water in the tank of the water heater has been used up. Before hot water can be available in the shower—or anywhere in the house for that matter—the water tank needs to fill and heat up. Depending on the age of the water heater, that can take up to 45 minutes or longer, but with a tankless water heater, you don’t have to wait. Read on to learn if installing a tankless water heater is right for you.
Tankless Water Heaters
Technology is making our lives better and more comfortable in lots of different ways, even providing a better way to heat water at home. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand. This provides an endless supply of hot water regardless of how many people need to take showers, how much laundry needs to get done, or how often you need to run the dishwasher. If this sounds like something you’d like to see in your house, most companies specializing in heating services in Buckhead can help.
Invented for Small Living Spaces
Tankless water heaters were first used in small apartments and other living spaces in Japan and Europe. By heating water on demand, no water tank was necessary. The first tankless water heaters were only about two feet by three feet and bumped out from the wall about 12 or more inches. They were mounted on a wall in a garage or utility closet.
Because tankless water heating technology was more expensive, and apartments and homes in the United States weren’t constrained by size requirements, tank water heaters remained more popular among homebuilders. But, as the concept of heating water on demand become more popular, and because tankless water heaters are more energy efficient, homebuilders began installing them. Then as demand increased, supply increased and the cost of tankless water heaters dropped, making it a more affordable option.
Replacing Tank with Tankless
The cost of installing a tankless water heater is higher than installing a new tank water heater. It is a more complicated installation process that involves special venting to an outside space. For this reason, installation costs will vary based on a home’s floor plan and how far the piping needs to be directed through the house.
However, tankless water heaters are more energy efficient because you’re only heating water as you need it. A water heater with a tank needs energy to heat up to 100 gallons, for example, and then needs energy to keep it hot all day long or until it’s used. As a homeowner, you’ll need to weigh the extra up-front cost of a tankless water heater against the energy and cost savings you’ll see in the long run. A company specializing in residential heating in Buckhead can help you do the math to see what options are best for you.
To learn more about tankless water heaters and supplying hot water to your home, call Cool Air Mechanical at 770-266-5247.