Most people have experienced a moment when they were in the middle of a luxurious, relaxing hot shower and realized the hot water was running out. Minutes later, that awful moment comes when it runs out completely, and you are left rinsing in ice-cold water. These moments are some of the best possible reasons to look into obtaining a tankless water heater.
With a tankless heater, the hot wateris not stored in a tank, so it never runs out. Rather, the water is heated as it is needed. Not only does this mean you will never run out of hot water while showering, but it also ensures that the family member who showers after you will have plenty of hot water as well, along with the person who is washing dishes in the kitchen and the guest who is filling up the tub in the guest bathroom. With a tankless water heater, hot water is always available for whoever needs it.
Another advantage of a tankless heater is that it provides cleaner water. Traditional water heaters have build-up inside of them from the accumulation of rust and mineral deposits, since this is where the water is stored before it passes through the tap. Most people never see the inside of a traditional water heater, but if they could, they might think twice about washing their clothes, dishes and themselves in water that comes from one. With a tankless water heater, however, the water is heated directly as it passes through the heating unit, so there is never any build-up or storage of water in a dirty tank.
Traditional water heaters are also difficult to position in the home. Many home inspections have failed because the hot waterwas not in a correct location or was improperly installed. In contrast, a tankless water heater can be installed just about anywhere in your home. Wall-mounting is the most common method of installation, and can be done on an interior or exterior wall. You will be amazed by how much space you save with a tankless water heater over the more traditional water heater.
Of course, the biggest savings of all comes in terms of energy costs. Statistics indicate that a tankless water heater can reduce water heating bills by up to half because there is no pilot light and no reheating of water; instead, the water is heated on-demand in the amount needed. The savings is so significant that the IRS offers up to $1,500 in a tax credit for those who switch to a tankless heater.