Is a Tankless Water Heater the Right Choice for Your New Orleans Home?

contrast shower with water streamConventional water heaters are among the most energy hungry appliances in your home. Depending on how much water you use and the utility rates in your area, they can cost you upwards of $800 per year on the high end in energy costs alone. That’s because conventional water heaters store and heat water in a tank, even when it’s not needed at that time.
Energy efficiency has become hot topic in recent years, and tankless water heaters are an excellent way to improve your home’s efficiency. Also called on demand water heaters, tankless water heaters are so energy efficient because they only heat water as needed as opposed to storing and keeping it heated in a tank. For households that use 41 gallons of hot water per day or less, this means an improved energy efficiency of 24% to 34% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The cost and installation of tankless water heaters is higher than their conventional counterparts, but their long term cost savings and benefits make it a worthwhile investment for many homeowners. As an incentive, federal tax rebates on certain gas-powered models can also help to recoup the initial cost.
On top of using less energy, here are some other tankless water heater benefits.
Plenty of hot water
Running out of hot water is a frustrating and embarrassing plumbing problem in New Orleans, especially if you have guests! With a tankless water heater, you don’t have to worry about this since water is only heated as needed. You won’t have to coordinate shower times and models with high output allow you to shower, do the dishes, and run the washing machine simultaneously.
Cleaner water
A buildup of scale, sediment, and rust can form on the inside of a hot water tank as it ages and can affect the quality of the water you cook and bathe with. This isn’t an issue with tankless water heaters since there is no tank for buildup to form on.
More closet and floor space
Most of the time, tankless water heaters can be mounted on a wall on the inside or outside of your home and take up far less space than a conventional tank model. This frees up precious closet and floor space.
Longer lasting
With an average life expectancy of nearly 20 years, tankless water heaters last nearly two times longer than tank water heaters. In addition, they have service warranties that are almost as long at 15 to 20 years.
With a wide range of plumbing services and the expertise to perform all of them, our skilled New Orleans plumbers can help you weigh your water heating options. Take advantage of our water heater service and we can help you decide if a tankless water heater is the right fit based on your needs!