Do you like taking cold showers? Probably not. If you have a large family, then getting a hot shower in the morning can be a struggle. Sometimes by the time you get to take a shower, the hot water has already run out. Nothing starts your day out on the wrong foot like having to take a cold shower.
Did you know there’s a way to have virtually endless hot water? Not only that, but you will save money, while helping the environment. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. This miracle device is called a tankless water heater.
The traditional tank water heater
Tank heaters have been in North American homes since 1889, reported Prentiss Gray of the Daily Record. They really haven’t changed much since then either. These large tanks are usually located in the basement and they’re pretty hard to miss. They need to be repaired or replaced quite frequently, they’re not very effective and worst of all, they waste your money. If you’re using one of these dinosaurs, you’ve probably been paying too much for hot water.
Old water heaters can store a lot of water, but use energy to keep it warm. When all the hot water in the tank has been used, either in the shower, the sink or the dishwasher, you only get cold water until the heater has been able to warm more up. Sometimes this can take an hour or longer. In the meantime, even if you don’t use all the hot water, you’re still paying for the heater to keep it warm.
How a tankless water heater works
A tankless unit uses propane or electricity to heat water as it passes through. It only heats the water when you need it, so there’s no need to continuously pay to heat the water sitting in the tank regardless of whether it’s being used or not.
Why you should go tankless
Here are some of the many ways that tankless water heaters can benefit your home: