Should You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater?
Many people have made adjustments in order to make their homes more energy efficient. One component that can help you conserve energy is a tankless water heater. Is it worth it to make the switch? We’ll go over some of the pros and cons.
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
A tankless water heater can be much more efficient than a conventional water heater with a tank. That’s because a conventional heater has to work hard to maintain the temperature of the water in its tank. Tanks do a good job of keeping heat in, but they’re not perfect. There’s inevitably going to be some standby heat loss. With a tankless system, the water would be heated on demand. You only need to heat the water when you need it, so you won’t be wasting any energy. In addition, you can have as much hot water as you need.
Tankless water heaters can last longer than their counterparts. You might get around five or ten more years with a tankless version than a conventional model. Plus, with a tankless system, there won’t be any risk of a tank bursting and causing all sorts of water damage.
Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters
The major factor working against tankless systems is their price. They’re more expensive than conventional water heaters, and the difference could be about a thousand dollars. Repairing a tankless water heater could be costly as well.
Also, tankless water heaters might not work for every household. If you have a large place in which many people or appliances use hot water at the same time, you might need to get multiple systems to keep up with demand.
What Should You Do?
You’ll have to decide whether the long-term energy savings associated with a tankless water heater are going to make up for its higher initial cost. At Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc, we’ve assisted many customers in the Raceland area who have made the switch to tankless water heaters. We also install, maintain, and repair air conditioners and heaters, and we offer electrical services, too. Give us a call to schedule an appointment!