The other day we looked at Tankless On-Demand Hot Water Heaters. Today we are going to go take another look at the same type of water heater.
An on-demand hot water heater is never on until someone opens the hot water faucet in the house. That can be to wash hands, take a shower, cooking, or laundry. Until one of those things happens the on-demand hot water heater is completely off and consuming absolutely no energy what so ever. So, while you and your family are out of the house at work and/or school your hot water heater is doing nothing! Whereas, if you have a tank-type hot water heater that’s about 40± gallons it will turn itself on and off throughout the day and night as the water inside heats up or cools down.
Why would you spend the extra money to have an On-Demand hot water heater? (yes, they do cost more than a tank type)
- People love the comfort of knowing that no mater how long their shower lasts, they will never run out of hot water; it is very reassuring to know that your lovely hot shower will not turn cold on you. Yes, sometimes a tank-type can run out of hot water whereupon you are “…out in the cold.”
- It seems as though hot water heaters and whole house boilers are all becoming much more efficient and smaller. Many times the shear size of a 40 gallon Tank-Type hot water heater presents a daunting task of finding the space for it. An On-Demand hot water heater is very compact and takes up a lot less room.
- Tank-type hot water heaters will typically function well for about ten years whereas an On-Demand Hot Water heater will typically last at least twice as long when they are properly serviced and taken care of.
We are of a mind that those three reasons are good and solid reasons to opt for a tankless On-Demand hot water heater. So, whether you live in Wardsboro, Vermont or Waterbury, Vermont take time to think about an On-Demand hot water heater. (yes, I know where Wardsboro is, do you?)
Final thought, don’t forget that there is not a single answer that fits every situation. Check with your Plumber for his/her expert advice for your individual application!