While most homeowners assume that tankless water heaters are a new fad, they were invented in 1929. But they were not commonly used in residential settings until the last three or four decades. So most of us still grew up with the conventional water heater with the large holding tank that never seemed to offer quite enough hot water for everyone in the house to get a hot shower. And that is just one reason why many homeowners are eager to learn more about upgrading to a tankless water heater.

Better Temperature Control

Traditional water heaters will provide a reasonably stable temperature for your hot water. However, as they age or the sediment in the holding tank increases, that temperature can fluctuate. This can be dangerous for young children or seniors who have notably more sensitive skin. In addition, there is an issue called thermal stacking that occurs when water is drawn from the holding tank in short but repetitive bursts. As a result, the water in the upper part of the tank becomes overheated due to the constant influx of cold water. The solution to a more precise and consistent water temperature is a tankless unit that heats the water as it flows through the water lines to the sink or tub fixture.

Endless Hot Water

Nothing is worse than running out of hot water halfway through your shower. But when you have a large family, a small water heater holding tank, or do chores that require much hot water, it is bound to happen. The solution is the endless supply of hot water offered by a tankless water heater. As long as the faucet is open and water flows, the tankless water heater will continue to create more pleasantly warm water. However, it is important to understand that every tankless water heater has a size that determines how much hot water it can create at one time. So be sure that your tankless water heater is correctly sized to meet your needs.

Save Money And The Planet

Tankless water heaters do not heat water any more energy efficiently than a traditional water heater. But they do eliminate the most wasteful function of those tank-style water heaters. Maintaining hot water 24/7 in a holding tank means that your conventional water heater is consuming energy constantly. The tankless water heater only uses energy to heat water when there is a need for it. So you enjoy lower energy bills along with that endless supply of hot water. That also translated to less energy production and emissions, which is a boon for the environment.

Small But Mighty

If you have considered an addition to your home that needs hot water, finding a spot for that large tank can be challenging. However, a tankless water heater is about the size of a carry-on piece of luggage. So it can be located under the sink, in a small closet, or even on a shelf.

In addition, tankless water heaters are ideal for a bathroom renovation. You might not want to replumb your entire house, but when redoing your master bath, you can install a tankless water heater to ensure that you always have unlimited hot water. The size of the unit will be determined by the amount of hot water you need, so a single bath tankless water heater will be compact and quite affordable.

To learn more about tankless water heaters and get a free estimate for your home, call (706) 303-0987. The licensed plumbers at Drain Surgeon will answer any questions you have and explain the complete labor and materials warranty on all installations.

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