The Pros And Cons Of A Tankless Water Heating System
If you're in the market for a new water heating system, you've no doubt heard of, and likely been intrigued by, the new tankless systems. Unlike the traditional water storage tank that heats water 24/7 and holds it ready for use in the bathroom, to wash dishes or to do laundry, a tankless system heats water on demand via a labyrinth of super-heated coils. While there are many advantages to such a system, a tankless water heater isn't the right choice for every family. Before you rush out and invest in this new technology, it's wise to weigh to pros and cons of these systems.
Advantages to a tankless water heating system
1. Uses less energy. Because a tankless water heater isn't heating water 24/7, it uses less energy than a traditional water heating system. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average household will save $100 annually in their utility bills by making the switch.
2. Takes up less space. A tankless water heater is about the size of a suitcase and hangs on the wall, requiring much less space than a traditional water tank.
3. Less potential for leakage. Water tanks have the potential to make a huge mess and damage your home if they spring a leak. There's no such danger with a tankless system. In addition, water tanks are usually located on the lowest level of a home because of this potential for leakage. A tankless system can be located anywhere where there is access to water lines.
4. Unlimited hot water. Since a tankless system heats water on demand, you'll never run out as you easily can with a water storage tank.
Disadvantages to a tankless water heater
1. Expensive to buy and to install. While a tankless water heating system will save you money on your utility bills, such systems are initially much more expensive, both to buy and to install. According to "Consumer Reports" magazine, the average tankless system costs between $800 and $1,150. This compares to between $300 and $480 for a traditional system. Add an extra $1,200 for installing a tankless system.
2. Don't handle simultaneous demands well. Tankless systems can generally handle one or two simultaneous demands for hot water. However, if your household commonly has one person washing dishes while another does laundry and a third person is taking a hot shower, this type of system is probably not a good fit for your family.
A tankless water heating system offers many advantages, such as unlimited hot water and energy savings. However, since these systems aren't ideal for every family, it makes sense to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of such systems before you go shopping. For more information, contact a plumber in your area like Four Elements Plumbing.