How Your Family Can Have Hot Water All the Time And Save Money

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If it is winter or cold where you live then you will understand the frustration of running out of hot water. 

You don’t need to live in a cold region to experience the disappointment of getting ready for a nice, hot shower at the end of a hard day, only to find tepid, lukewarm water remaining. Anyone with a large, or even normal-sized family living at home will have experienced this problem at some point. 

There is at least one way that you can have hot water on demand all the time though, and below you can read the pros and cons of one system. 

Why Does The Hot Water Run Out? 

If your home has a traditional, heated tank then it can only hold a finite amount of water. Typically it may be a 50 or 60-gallon water tank. Once that water is used up it needs to refill and even then it will take more time to heat back up. The speed of the tank heating up will also depend on whether you use gas or electricity. A normal-sized water tank using gas for energy will take up to 40 minutes to heat up. If you were using electricity it could take around an hour or more. 

A good electric heater using dual elements will heat quicker than a single element, but how long the recovery rate is will depend on the size of the tank. These water heaters need to be maintained and they can be costly to heat up. 

So How Can You Avoid Finding Only Cold Water Left? 

These days there is another option to having a large water tank in your home. Tankless heaters don't require any storage. These units heat water purely on-demand, meaning that you never run out. No more cold showers because the rest of the family beat you to it or because someone forgot to put the immersion heater back on to heat up the tank. 

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work? 

A tankless heater works by heating running water as it passes through the pipe and then the heater itself. In the unit are either an electric element or a gas burner and these heat the water as it passes through. This form of water heater can supply a never-ending flow of hot water. 

What Other Gains Are There From Using A Tankless Water Heater? 

If you have a perfectly good traditional water tank with plenty of life in it then you may want to keep it a bit longer and persevere with the occasional hot water shortages. However, if you either want to upgrade or your old tank has come to the end of its life, you will want a new water heater for showers. You already know all about normal water heaters because you own one. Below you can read why you might want to contemplate buying a tankless heater. 

They Last Longer Than A Normal Water Tank 

Your regular water heater is likely to last about ten years according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. A tankless version is expected to have a lifespan of around 20 years. Double the life expectancy. This isn’t just good for your wallet but is better for two other factors too; less waste and reduced risk of flooding. 

Less Landfill Waste 

As the tankless heater lasts twice as long it means there is half the waste or scrap that needs to be thrown in a landfill. This means less work for you, less money in the long run, and peace of mind knowing your heater will last for years to come. 

Avoid Catastrophic Flooding 

As a traditional tank is likely to fail at some point and can corrode, you could end up with the flooding. If the tank leaks, you could end up with costly water damage. Because a tankless heater doesn’t store any water you only have the regular water pipes to worry about. 

You Will Save Energy And Money Every Month

Modern water heaters are more efficient than their predecessors but tankless versions are even better at saving energy. As stated on Consumer Reports, they are cheaper to run than traditional water tanks. This pertains to both the electric and gas heated versions. 

Are There Any Disadvantages Of Installing A Tankless Water Heater? 

The initial outlay for one of these heaters may be more than a traditional heater and they need to be installed by a professional fitter. That said, the energy savings and the extra life expectancy of the unit means you will recoup the costs and more. This is equally true if you install an extra water heating unit. You will again pay out more to start for this water heater but your energy savings will rise even more in the long term. 

Summary 

If your family or shared household wants to have hot water on demand all the time then a tankless water heater is one way to get it. A tankless water heater may even add value to your home when installed by a plumber or HVAC professional. Although there is a financial outlay to being with them, they eliminate standby loss, are eco-friendly, and can be used to boost existing solar water heaters.

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