Should Houston Homeowners Choose Tankless Water Heaters?
Are tankless water heaters worth the investment for my home in Houston? If you are thinking this question in your head, before making a final decision, let’s get to know the product.
Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. This is in contrast to a traditional storage water heater, where the water is stored and heated until it is used, thus costing you money to keep it hot. In a tankless water heater, when the tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. One downside is the flow rate will be limited to 2-5 gallons per minute, however gas-fired models produce a higher flow-rate than electric ones. Storage tanks can run out of hot water for large households. You can also install boosters or separate heaters for other appliances in your home that might need it, such as dishwashers, clothes washers, hot tubs, and more.
Before buying a tankless water heater, you need to consider the size of your home and your need, the fuel type and availability, energy factor, and cost. Obviously, proper installation and maintenance can optimize its energy and efficiency.
Many people are surprised at the initial cost of purchasing a tankless water heater, but it should be noted that the savings over time are significant. You will not only save with energy costs, but you will also not need to replace your tankless water heater as they last much longer than traditional storage tanks.