When you need to use hot water in your home, as you undoubtedly do at many points throughout the day, you probably don’t really give all that much thought to how that hot water comes to be hot, or how it makes its way to the point of use where it is needed. Water heaters are a standard feature of homes today, after all. If and when the time comes to invest in a new water heater, though, you are wise to give a whole lot of thought to how you’ll heat water in your home.
There are more options available than you may realize, and choosing your new water heater is not a decision that you can rush through. If you do, you may wind up overlooking a system that is a great fit for you, such as the tankless water heater. We install and service these water heaters in Des Moines, IA, and we have seen them grow more and more popular as more and more homeowners discover the benefits that they have to offer.
Don’t Let the Price Tag Dissuade
The first thing that many homeowners notice about tankless water heaters is the cost. More specifically, they notice that tankless water heaters cost a good amount more than tank water heaters do to purchase. Now, the cost of any system that you invest in is obviously going to be a serious point of consideration. It should not be an immediate reason for breezing past that system, though.
Yes, you are going to be paying more for a tankless water heater than you would for a tank water heater. That is not necessarily a bad thing, though. Why not? Because the fact is that a tankless water heater has many benefits to offer that can give it a leg up over the tank water heater in many situations.
Consider These Factors, Too
So what else should you keep in mind when giving a tankless water heater its due consideration? Its energy efficiency, certainly. Tank water heaters, no matter how efficiently their hot water storage tanks may be insulated, are still going to be subject to standby energy loss. This is when heat from the water in the tank transfers out into the air surrounding it, resulting in the need for reheating the water stored in that tank. Because tankless water heaters do not have a tank at all, they avoid this situation entirely.
Then, of course, there is the lifespan of the system to consider. A good tank water heater is going to last you around 12-15 years. That’s not too shabby as far as the lifespan of an appliance that you use each and every day goes. A tankless water heater, however, easily eclipses this lifespan. Tankless systems are going to last in the 20-25 year range. If you plan to be in your home for some time to come, the combination of a longer lifespan and improved energy efficiency may make the tankless water heater the ideal system for your situation.
Schedule your water heater services with Schaal Heating and Cooling.