What are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?

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You may be pondering what the benefits of a tankless water heater are and is it really worth the additional cost. In this post you will read about the perks of going tankless, from energy efficiency to space-saving and beyond, and how a new one could very well outweigh any initial apprehensions you may have. So let’s dive in and explore why countless homeowners are making the switch to these modern water heating marvels!

What Is a Tankless Water Heater?

In the world of home appliances, tankless water heaters are an innovation that’s changing how we heat water. Unlike traditional-style storage tank water heaters which maintain gallons of hot water in reserve, these systems operate on demand.

The difference? A significant boost to energy efficiency and potential savings for homeowners over time. By eliminating standby energy losses associated with maintaining heated stored in tanks, they’re more efficient than their counterparts.

This is a picture of a tank water heater before a tankless water heater is installed in a basement. This is a Navien tankless water heater.
Before and After Navien Tankless Install

Tankless units, whether powered by gas or electric elements, spring into action only when you turn on your tap or start an appliance needing hot water like dishwashers or washing machines. Cold enters the unit and is rapidly warmed up before it heads out to its destination, no waiting around for reheats as with traditional storage tank models.

This means fresh hot supply whenever needed, a feature many find appealing about going ‘tank-free’. However, bear in mind this doesn’t mean that you will get hot water the second you turn on the tap (you will need a dedicated hot water line or pimp for that), nor does it mean unlimited access; there can be limits depending upon simultaneous demands within your household.

The Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

The Energy Efficiency of Tankless Water Heaters

Energy efficiency is a major selling point for tankless water heaters. Unlike traditional storage tank water heaters, these units heat water on demand which results in significant energy savings. In fact, if you’re using less than 40-50 gallons of hot water daily, a tankless unit can be up to 34% more efficient. This translates into cost savings for you, not just the environment.

The Cost Factor

Tankless models do come with higher upfront costs compared to their conventional counterparts like the traditional gas water heater. However, when considering long-term benefits and potential savings from reduced energy costs, most of Bellows’ customers say they are worth every penny.

Families that use around 100 gallons per day will still find themselves saving between 8-14% on heating expenses by switching to a tank-less system. It’s clear then: while initial investment may seem steep at first glance but over time this smart choice pays off handsomely through lower operational charges and increased lifespan.

Space Saving and Continuous Hot Water Supply

The compact size of tankless water heaters makes them a prime choice for homeowners looking to maximize their space. Unlike traditional-style storage tank water heaters, which can occupy significant square footage in your home, these sleek units are designed with wall-mounting capabilities.

Lots of Bellows customers will take their tank water heater out of a closet, and move the tankless to the garage or exterior of the house, opening up room for a brand new linen closet!

This isn’t just about aesthetics or convenience, it really is an essential factor when considering the spatial constraints many Bay Area homes face today. With a smaller footprint than its bulky counterparts, installing a tankless unit could be your solution to reclaiming valuable real estate within your property.

Beyond saving space though is another compelling benefit: the promise of uninterrupted hot water supply. Traditional storage tanks operate by heating large volumes of water simultaneously then storing this heated batch until needed – leading often times to frustrating waits as you hold out for more hot water once supplies deplete.

In contrast, thanks to innovative technology that heats only what you need exactly when you need it; Tankless heaters deliver an endless stream of hot water on demand – eliminating those chilly surprises mid-shower. However they may find themselves challenged if multiple outlets require simultaneous access. Here’s how this works.

Installation and Maintenance of a Tankless Water Heater

The installation of tankless water heaters, whether they’re electric or gas models, isn’t a simple DIY project. It’s more complex than traditional storage tank water heater installations due to the necessity for proper venting and often upgraded electrical circuits or gas lines.

Always use a licensed plumbing contractor, like Bellows for a tankless install, and don’t forget that permit!

Lifespan of Tankless Water Heaters

When it comes to longevity, there’s no contest between traditional-style storage tank water heaters and their modern counterparts, the mighty tankless units. The former typically have a lifespan that hovers around 10-15 years before wear starts setting in or worse yet; potential risk for causing costly water damage from leaks arises.

In stark contrast stands the robustly built and meticulously engineered tankless unit with an impressive life expectancy exceeding two decades. However, this longer lifespan doesn’t come without its own set of demands, regular maintenance is key here.

Maintenance tasks such as annual system flushing are necessary not only for optimal performance but also help prevent mineral build-up caused by hard water which can gradually chip away at efficiency over time.

Despite these higher upfront costs associated with purchase and installation plus ongoing upkeep expenses, homeowners find them worthwhile given their energy savings coupled with extended service life. More details on maintaining your unit’s top-notch performance here.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Tankless Water Heater

As you consider the switch to a tankless water heater, it’s essential to weigh up the pros and cons. Tankless units are renowned for their energy efficiency, they heat water on demand rather than continuously heating stored water. This approach can lead to substantial savings in your energy costs.

In addition, tankless heaters have compact designs that offer space-saving benefits. If every square foot counts in your home, this is an advantage worth considering seriously. Furthermore, with proper maintenance these devices boast longer lifespans compared with traditional storage tank water heaters often exceeding 20 years of service.

However, potential downsides exist as well which need careful consideration before making a decision about whether or not installing one would be beneficial for them. The upfront cost of these systems tends to be higher than that of conventional models but long-term energy savings may offset this initial expense over time.

Also bear in mind some homeowners might face challenges providing enough hot water simultaneously from multiple outlets depending on unit capacity chosen by them.


Tankless water heaters have a lot to offer.

Tankless water heaters can be up to 34% more energy-efficient than conventional models, making them an environmentally friendly option for today’s homeowner.

Their compact design frees up valuable space in your home while providing a continuous supply of hot water on demand.

Yes, there’s an upfront cost and regular maintenance required. But remember, these units last longer, often over 20 years!

If you’re considering making the switch or need expert advice on tankless water heaters, Bellows Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical is here to help. We are experts in servicing residential properties across Marin County and beyond with all their plumbing needs including installing efficient tankless systems.

Ready to enjoy endless hot showers while saving money? Call us today at 877-477-7151 for more information or schedule personalized service with a request here.

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