When you are in the market to upgrade your existing water heater, the biggest decision you need to make is whether you want a traditional tank-style water heater or a tankless model. Tankless water heaters have several benefits, but there are also a few drawbacks. In order to make an informed decision and get the water heater that is best for your home, take a few minutes to learn a little bit more to learn about all the tankless water heater pros and cons.
Tankless Water Heater Pros
You probably already know that tankless water heaters provide significant energy savings. Because they use 30-50% less energy than a tank-style water heater can save the average household around $100 annually.
With a tankless water heater, there is a constant supply of hot water whenever you need it. If you have a tank-style heater, on the other hand, and you drain the tank to take a bath, you’ll be stuck waiting a while for the water to heat back up again.
A tankless water heater may also be a good choice if space is at a premium. Tankless heaters take up a lot less space, and they fit just about anywhere, unlike a traditional water heater with a large footprint.
Tankless Water Heater Cons
For most families, the biggest disadvantage of a tankless water heater is the upfront cost. They cost considerably more to install than tank-style heaters and recouping the cost in energy savings can take several years.
Hot water may always be available with a tankless heater, but you might only be able to get it from one faucet at a time. For large homes with multiple bathrooms, multiple people having hot water to shower at the same time might not be possible unless you have individual heaters installed throughout the home. A larger tankless heater may also provide an adequate solution, but the larger the heater, the greater the cost.
Installing a tankless water heater also has its own unique challenges. Special venting is required due to the high-powered burners used to heat the water. While installing a traditional hot water tank is a project that an experienced do-it-yourselfer can often handle, tankless water heater installation is a job that needs to be left to the professionals.
Choosing The Right Water Heater For Your Home
Deciding between a tankless water heater and a traditional tank-style water heater for your home can be challenging. Tankless water heaters can save you a lot of money on your energy bills, and they take up very little space in your home. On the other hand, tankless water heaters come with higher price tags, more difficult installation and a lack of convenience if you plan on using hot water in more than one place at a time.
Whichever style you choose, at BHS, we can help you pick up the best model for your home and professionally install it at a time that is convenient for you. We offer many makes and models of both tank-style and tankless water heaters. We even have solar water heaters that allow you to take advantage of the plentiful Florida sunshine to save on your energy bills. If you’re in the market for a new water heater in the Naples or Fort Myers, Florida area, what are you waiting for? Give BHS a call today at (239) 291-0860 ! We look forward to hearing from you!