Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. A tankless water heater offers many benefits over their traditional counterparts. While there are many advantages to installing a tankless system, Forest Air, LLC is here to tell you that it won’t be the right solution for every home and situation. Before purchasing a new water heater, consider the points below in determining whether to go tankless or not.

tankless water heaterTankless Water Heater Installation Space

Traditional tank water heaters require a minimum area for installation, taking up valuable space within your home. Tankless water heaters, in contrast, are much smaller, and most often mounted on the wall. If you have a smaller home or limited installation space, tankless water heaters are well suited for these situations.

Your Family’s Hot Water Needs

The primary difference between tankless water heaters and traditional water heaters is how they deliver hot water. Tankless systems heat water on demand as you request it vice storing preheated water like traditional water heaters. The downside is that it will take a little longer for the hot water to get to you since it has to heat up, the upside is that a tankless water heater can provide you with an essentially unlimited supply of hot water, unlike a tank water heater that will eventually exhaust the preheated supply of water. Another downside to be aware of is that you can’t utilize too many hot water-consuming taps or appliances at once, depending on the capacity, as it may not be able to keep up with your home’s demands. So if you have a larger family or a larger home, you might want to steer clear of a tankless system.

Tankless Water Heater Costs

Cost is always a major consideration and so it should be. Tankless water heaters are generally more expensive than traditional water heaters. As with everything in this post, there are considerations. While tankless systems are generally more expensive than traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters are more efficient and have a longer lifespan offering lower long-term operating costs. If you’ve just bought a new home or are in a home that you know you’ll be in for the long-term then it may make sense for you.

Tankless Water Heater Installation Incentives and Rebates

Depending on where you live, there may be incentives from the state and/or local utility companies for installing energy-efficient equipment, such as tankless hot water heaters. These incentives can help offset your installation costs. Contact your utility company or state agency to ask about incentives that you may qualify for when installing a tankless water heater.

So that’s it folks, a few things for you to think about if you are considering going tankless. The Department of Energy has quite a bit more detailed content on this subject if you care to look there.  No matter which route you choose, Forest Air, LLC can help get your new water heater installed. Give us a call today at (985) 651-5968 or drop us a contact form and we’ll get right back to you.