If your familiarity with water heaters only extends to a traditional water heater, you need to meet its good-looking cousin––the tankless. While both hot water tanks heat water for your home, the tankless or on-demand water heater has some attractive advantages you should consider when you are ready to replace your current tank or install one in a new home. At Alkota, our professional plumbers are always happy to talk with you about this efficient option.
The premise for a tankless water heater is having hot water available on demand instantly, only when it’s needed. A traditional water heater heats and stores water in a large tank, continually using energy to keep the supply heated until you are ready to use it. In contrast, a tankless water heater’s water flows over an internal heating element, warming up the water on its way to the faucet or appliance requiring it.
With these fundamental differences in design and application, there are a host of advantages a tankless water heater offers you.
A tankless water heater is much more compact, taking up considerably less space. It can be hung on a wall, virtually eliminating the need for floor space. This opens up several options, even under cabinets and inside closets, and certainly helps if your home is smaller or without a basement.
Wastes Less Energy
Because your water only heats as needed with a tankless, all standby-heat losses are nonexistent. You waste less energy since your tank is not continuously burning fuel to keep water warm. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), if you use up to 41 gallons of hot water on a daily basis here in Anchorage, AK, you can expect a tankless to be 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient than a traditional tank. If you use much more hot water, say 86 gallons a day, you should look for a tankless to be 8 to 14 percent more efficient. All these savings translate to money in your pocket.
Unlimited Hot Water
If you run out of hot water in the shower while your dishwasher is simultaneously operating, you will never experience this with a tankless. Even with several hot-water needs at once, you will have enough hot water for all of them at all times. Depending on your tank and needs, your tankless water heater could supply as much as five to seven gallons per minute.
The expected lifespan of a traditional hot water heater is eight to 12 years, even with proper maintenance. With a tankless, you can expect your tank to last up to 20 years.
Since your tankless does not utilize a water storage tank, there is no chance of your tank bursting and sending a deluge of water into your home. No damaging floods in your home from your hot water heater.
At Alkota, we are excited to discuss the options of a tankless water heater installation with you. Call us today at 907-332-5325 to see how these advantages can help save you money and make your life more comfortable.