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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for My Home?

You want to replace your older water heater, but you’re not sure whether you can upgrade from a standard tank water heater. You’ve heard a lot about how tankless water heaters save energy (which means, of course, that you save money). But can you really have one in your own home?

Tankless Installation Is Suitable for Most Homes!

If you’ve got a plumbing system, there’s no reason you can’t have a tankless water heater! Tankless water heaters are available in both gas and electric models. If you have a gas tankless water heater, you must have the proper ventilation. If you have an electric tankless water heater, you have to ensure proper voltage and a circuit breaker. But this is true for tank water heaters as well!

There Are Benefits to Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters have a couple of key benefits that people seek them out for.

  • Energy Efficiency – Standard tank water heaters use a lot of energy to keep water hot throughout the day, even though you only really need it a handful of times. Tankless water heaters do not have to store hot water all the time. They heat it up on demand, right when you need it, so energy is only used in short bursts.
  • Space – Tankless water heaters are quite small, leaving more space for storage.
  • Hot Water Flow – While it’s possible for a tank water heater to run out of hot water, this doesn’t really happen with tankless models. They provide a steady flow of hot water as long as they are well-maintained.

But There Are Drawbacks Too

However, no system is perfect. There is a reason that tank water heaters remain so popular among homeowners and business owners.

  • Tankless water heaters do cost more.
  • You often need more than one tankless unit for a larger household.
  • Tankless water heaters have trouble keeping the heat steady if multiple people attempt to use a hot water tap at once.

Talk to your contractor to learn more and to find out which unit is better for your home.

Call MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. for water heater services in Livingston and the surrounding areas.

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