Most households still have conventional water heaters that are not only bulky and take up space, but also are much less energy efficient that many of the new, innovative water heaters today. These conventional water heaters tend to provide limited amounts of hot water and can prove to be quite frustrating when family members are showering, the washer is running and the dishwasher is performing its tasks. With that said, if your home is in need of a new hot water heater that has higher performing levels and energy efficiency levels, then perhaps it’s time to reach out to the experts here at Steve Mull Plumbing and discuss an investment in a new, state of the art tankless water heater.
The new state of the art tankless water heaters are designed to heat your water as needed, each time, every time, where your old conventional water heater will only store and heat water within the confines of the tank. Once the water in your conventional heater runs out, then you and your family members have to wait for the tank to fill up again or else just enjoy a long cold shower or washing clothes on the cold-water cycle.
If you are thinking of investing in a tankless water heater, but need some convincing, here are some important facts to help.
The Many Pros
For starters, a tankless water heater will only kick into operation when you actually require the use of hot water somewhere within your home. Because of this innovative feature, they require much less energy and money to run, allowing homeowners to save as much as 35% on their utility and energy bills annually. Energy Star reveals that some of the newest, high technology tankless water heaters on the market today can even have energy efficiency factors that are as high as 95.
Further, these newest designed water heaters are not only reliable, but when they are properly sized to your living space and professionally installed, will provide hot water throughout your home quickly and effortlessly. Most tankless water heaters can deliver from 5-7 gallons of hot water in your home per minute. In addition, when they are routinely and properly maintained and cared for, they can and will last in excess of 20 years, which is quite a difference from the typical 10 to 12-year life expectancy of a conventional water heater.
Most of the new styled tankless water heaters are compact in size and can easily attach directly to a wall with minimal plumbing or wiring needed, thus taking up a whole lot less space in your home. They also have very high safety ratings since they only operate when there is a need for hot water and not consistently, minimizing the chances of water damage or even scalding water risks. They are equipped with monitoring features that will turn the system off automatically in the event of a failure of any type.
First and foremost, the biggest disadvantage of a tankless water heater is its initial investment cost. They typically cost about $1600 or a bit more, including the installation as well, which is almost twice the cost of a conventional water heater. However, it is important you keep in mind that the many benefits afforded you and your family with a state of the art tankless water heater are certainly well worth the initial investment cost up front.
Additionally, these innovative water heaters can experience plugged water filters or even issues with proper gas pressure should your home run on natural gas.
However, the overall advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages, making tankless water heaters a favored choice of many homeowners today. To learn more about these innovative water heaters or if you are in the market for a new heater and are considering a tankless water heater, then we are the team for you. Reach out to the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing and schedule your consultation today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality and affordable plumbing products and services this side of Tennessee!