If you’ve got kids in the house, chances are you’ve endured a few cold showers, because they’ve used all the hot water!
Well, read on, because there is a solution – and that’s tankless water heaters.
The concept isn’t new – boat and caravan owners have known about them for years. But for some reason, the use of tankless water heaters in the home is only just taking off.
The most likely explanation is habit; we’re just used to having big, bulky hot water tanks in the house! Another explanation could be cost.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters cost a little more to install, but it’s so worth it, when you check out the benefits. In fact, you’ll be saving money in no time at all!
To your average parent, the tankless water heater’s major benefit is that you never run out of hot water! It’s basically unlimited.
And that’s because it heats the water to order.
That’s right, simply turn on the hot tap and the water starts heating immediately. And it continues heating while the tap is in use.
Turn the tap off, and the heating goes off.
To the energy-conscious, of course, that represents another huge benefit. The tankless water heater is super efficient and environmentally friendly, as it only heats the water you’re going to use.
Think about it. If you’ve got one of those big, family-sized, traditional water heaters, you’re paying for the power to heat the whole lot!
You’re also paying to keep it hot all day and night. That’s just crazy!
A tankless water heater can be up to 35% more efficient than the traditional water heater, and that will save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Instantaneous Hot Water
Also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, this clever piece of technology is readily available in the US, through quality plumbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
So what are you waiting for?
Perhaps you’re unsure whether tankless water heaters are right for your family?
Well, did you know that water heating is the second largest expense in your home? It accounts for up to 18% of your utility bill!
Now you know that, the next time you end up with a cold shower, you’re going to be pretty upset, right? Especially since instant hot water would mean no more waiting for the tank to fill up.
Saving You Money
Tankless water heaters can work on electricity or gas, so there’s one to suit your home set-up. Either way, as well as providing instant hot water, and saving you money, there are many more advantages.
For one thing, tankless water heaters take up less space than a traditional hot water tank. And as more of us downsize to tiny homes, that has to be a bonus.
They also last much longer than traditional tanks. In fact, they generally continue to offer great service for
In fact, they generally continue to offer great service for 20-plus years, thanks to lack of corrosion. That’s better than solar hot water in some cases!
Up To 50% More Efficient
Homes that use up to 41 gallons of hot water every day will find instant water heaters 24% to 34% more energy efficient. And that can add up to quite a saving.
Even big hot water users will find them up to 14% more energy efficient. To get the biggest value out of these systems – up to a massive 50%, install a tankless water heater for each hot water source.
Many households in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that are on solar hot water install on-demand hot water systems as a back-up, for cloudy days.
Avoid Water Leaks
There’s another point to consider, too. Traditional hot water tanks can leak. That’s not only wasteful, but it can also be dangerous, and can cause damage to your home.
Traditional hot water storage tanks are often housed in the basement, somewhere you might not check that often for water damage. Even a slow leak, left unattended, can turn nasty.
Did you know that a leak that drips once every second can add $35 a year to your living costs, and wastes 1,661 gallons of water? So check basement areas regularly for puddles or other signs of water damage.
Talk To The Experts
Water leaks generally are bad news, and often difficult for home owners to detect. Much of your home’s plumbing could be under the slab. The only efficient way to detect those leaks is by using high tech tools, such as ultrasonic equipment.
If you are serious about water and energy efficiency, there are steps you can take. Your best starting point is to talk to the experts.
You can fit low-flow water fixtures, such as shower heads and taps, that will save you 25% to 60%. And if your household is large, a dishwasher would be more efficient than washing dishes in the sink.
And if your household is large, a dishwasher would be more efficient than washing dishes in the sink.
Tax Credits and Rebates
An added incentive for choosing energy efficient fixtures and appliances is that you could be eligible for tax credits and rebates from government agencies and other sources.
With the busy lives we lead, it’s sometimes hard to stay on top of household repairs and maintenance, let alone go searching for more efficient water heating systems. The thing is, it really is worth taking the time.
Your home is probably your most valuable asset. And the better you maintain it, the more it will appreciate in value.
Problems don’t fix themselves!
Cracks get bigger, leaks get worse, and mold keeps growing. Short of a major emergency, such as a fire, faulty plumbing or water appliances will cause the most damage.
Licensed and Insured Plumbers
At best, you’ll be without hot water – or even water – until it can be fixed. Worst case scenario, it could damage floors and walls, furnishings and belongings.
Whether you are seeking to install a new tankless water heater, or even a traditional water tank, always go to the experts. The same goes for any plumbing repairs or adaptations you may need.
And ALWAYS use licensed and insured plumbers.
Look for a plumber in your area that offers free estimates and has an established reputation. Read their reviews, or ask around to see who else has used them.
That way, you’ll get a great deal all round!