Do you have a large hot water heater in a closet that is taking up space, or simply want the benefits of a hot water heater that never runs out of water? An instant hot water heater, also known as a tankless model, could be perfect for you. Before you make the investment, be sure to know the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of hot water heater.
Advantages of an Instant Hot Water Heater
Since an instant hot water heater is not storing a large amount of water, the unit doesn't take up a ton of space. If your current hot water heater is currently in a utility closet or a garage, it could mean getting back some room for storage.
In addition, the tank will use less energy than a traditional hot water heater since it is not constantly keeping water warm in preparation for the next time it needs to be used. If you do not have many people in your home, or have a second home that is not used very often, this could be the perfect solution to see some energy savings.
If you do have a lot of people in your home, the instant hot water heater should make sure that you never run out of hot water. It heats the water on demand as it passes through the system. Long gone will be the days of stepping into a cold shower because others in your home have used all the hot water for themselves.
Disadvantages of an Instant Hot Water Heater
Since water is heated on demand, there is a limit to how much hot water can be used simultaneously. This makes an instant hot water heater more appealing to a home that uses a single shower, rather than a home that has multiple showers that are frequently used at the very same time.
An instant hot water heat also needs ventilation. If your existing hot water heater was in a utility closet not on an external wall, an instant hot water heater won't easily go in the same spot without running new lines for ventilation.
Since the instant hot water heater works on demand, it means that you do not have a reserve of hot water for an emergency. For example, if you have a power outage, a traditional hot water heater would still have some hot water in the tank until it runs out or cools down.
If you think that an instant hot water heater would be best for you, contact a plumber that can help with the installation. Click here to learn more about residential plumbing.Share