At instant Plumbing and Rooter, we know about the many benefits of upgrading to a tankless water heater. From their energy efficiency to their longer life expectancy and their ability to rapidly heat water on demand, it’s understandable that we’d want to offer tankless systems to every homeowner we meet.
Our customers, however, may not be quite as up to speed on the many benefits, and whether a tankless water heater may be the right fit for them. Read on to learn more about how to explain the advantages of tankless systems and how to help you make an informed decision.
Advantage No. 1: Energy efficiency
The bottom line for most customers is cost, and tankless water heaters can cut monthly bills significantly due to their energy efficiency. Once you know how many people live in the home and can determine how much water is used on a typical day, we can easily educate you on the likely energy efficiency of a tankless water heater in your home.
These heaters are about 24% to 34% more energy efficient in homes with smaller families, or those using less than 41 gallons of water daily, but even homes where more water is used, can see significant energy savings. What does this mean for you? According to Energy Star, families can save hundreds of dollars a year when switching to a tankless water heater, which can be a huge advantage to budget-conscious homeowners.
Advantage No. 2: Extended life
For customers that need to replace their current storage water heater, it may be beneficial for them to learn about the extended life of the latest tankless heaters on the market. While traditional storage heaters can last about a decade, their tankless counterparts have, on average, double the life expectancy. Some customers, especially those who plan to move in the next few years, may not value the importance of a longer lasting heater, but for homeowners looking to stay put for the long term, this could be the deciding factor.
Advantage No. 3: Less wait time for hot water
The point of a water heater is to effectively heat water, and you will likely wonder if a tankless unit will get the job done. The great news is you won’t have to sacrifice functionality for energy efficiency and space. Unlike storage water heaters that heat the water a tank at a time, tankless models heat water quickly, as needed. Customers complaining about cold showers won’t have that problem with a tankless water heater, which can heat a continual stream of water for as long as it’s needed.
Advantage No. 4: Space saving
The space saving aspects of a tankless water heater could be an appealing selling point to some homeowners. If their current storage water heater, which averages around 60 inches by 24 inches, resides in its own closet, for instance, customers might be happy to learn that tankless options are often not much bigger than some shoe boxes. This means, instead of storing hot water until the next shower, they can store more clothing, towels or even household items. This feature would also be important to point out to homeowners looking to remodel because they wouldn’t have to design around a bulky appliance in their space.
Advantage No. 5: More safety
Safety is a primary concern for families, especially those with young children. If you are concerned about the safety of a tankless water heater, you can put your mind at ease.
Traditional storage water heaters can overheat, and in rare instances, explode. Because tankless models hold very little water, the threat of overheating or explosion is much lower. In addition, if you have recently had a water heater leak, you know the damage a storage heater can cause. You would benefit from learning that, due to the amount of water stored in a tankless heater, leaking is a lot less likely, and, if a leak does occur, it would cause significantly less water damage.
If you are interested in a tankless water heater, head over to our contact page to start exploring options today.