If you need a new hot water tank or thinking of upgrading to a more energy-efficient unit, you may want to consider a tankless hot water system.
Aside from endless hot water, a tankless water heater also delivers the following benefits:
Traditional tank water heaters take up space in the garage or basement, a tankless version is usually mounded on a wall. This frees up 10 to 15 square feet of storage.
Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for homeowners and homebuyers. Saving energy by not heating water you won’t be immediately using a great green feature.
According to Energy.gov, tankless water heaters “Don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money.” If you use 41 gallons or less of hot water each day, a tankless water heater can be nearly 30 percent more efficient. If you use more, you’ll save around 15 percent.
Most pre-existing homes in the Sarasota and Bradenton area, operate on standard gas or electric hot water heater tank, with the size of the tank being determined by the number of residents that will live there. The hot water lines then run from the tank to bathrooms, the kitchen, and the laundry room. But since standard water heaters keep 30-50 gallons of water hot all the time, whether or not you are using it, they can waste a lot of energy. Often the bathroom or kitchen is some distance from the hot water heater. This means the water at the faucet needs to run for a few minutes for the hot water to reach its destination.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters are about 40% more energy efficient than most. They are 90% smaller than the average standard model, and they last 5-10 years longer. They heat the water only at the point where it’s needed saving you a substantial amount on energy bills.