If your water heater is dying, you need to start shopping for a new water heater. Instead of installing another traditional hot water heater with a large storage tank for the hot water, you can use this opportunity to upgrade to a tankless water heater.
Learn about these important factors about whether a tankless water heater is right for you.
The Number of Bathrooms in Your Home
The first factor you need to consider is how many bathrooms you have in your home. Manufacturers design a tankless water heater to produce hot water on demand. However, a tankless water heater can only provide so much hot water at one time.
An on demand water heater can support the needs of one to two bathrooms. It should be capable of supplying hot water to one to two showers at the same time.
If you have more than two bathrooms in your home, you may need either to install more than one on demand water heater or install a large traditional water heater with a storage tank that will be able to meet the demands of more than two bathrooms at the same time.
The Location of Your Water Heater
The great thing about a tankless water heater is that it requires a smaller space than a traditional water heater, which gives you more flexibility concerning the location of your water heater.
You can place your tankless water heating system in the same location as your old water heater if you are setting up a whole-house system. If you only want the tankless system to supply water to a few specific appliances or faucets, you'll want to locate the system as close to the appliances or faucets that will be using it.
You have very few restrictions on where you can place a tankless water heater. You want to make sure you don't place the system above an electrical box or under air conditioning lines or pipes. You want to avoid dripping water from your system onto any electrical outlets, and avoid water dripping onto your tankless water heater.
You also need to make sure you have somewhere for your tankless water heater to vent. You can vent through a wall, window, or the roof.
The Number of People in Your Home
Traditional water heaters are often great at delivering the hot water necessary for small households. However, with larger households, traditional hot water heaters can come up lacking.
If you have a large family and constantly have to time your showers to ensure everyone has enough hot water, a tankless hot water heater may be the right solution for your family.
With a tankless hot water system, you have heated water on demand. For homes that frequently run out of hot water for showers and other tasks, an on demand hot water system can be a great solution.
The Size of Your Energy Bill
If you have a large energy bill throughout the year and you are looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption, an on demand water heater may be the way to go.
If your home uses less than 41 gallons of hot water per day, you will experience a significant reduction of energy usage compared to a conventional hot water heater. If your home uses more than 41 gallons of hot water per day, your energy savings will be a little less, but should still be large enough to make a difference.
If you are in need of a new water heater, the plumbing professionals at Sparrow & Sons Plumbing can come out to your home, inspect your setup and water usage, and help you determine if a tankless water heater will meet your family's hot water needs.