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What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

A new white enamel kitchen sink with modern faucets. The water has been turned on.Tankless water heaters are a great choice for new construction and major remodeling, and are also becoming popular as a replacement for traditional tanked water heaters. When we work on Dallas, TX, custom homes and home remodels, the Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) team often installs tankless water heaters. Let’s take a look at the advantages and drawbacks of this product for your home.

Tanked vs. Tankless

The traditional water heater stores a certain amount of water (from 30 to 50 gallons, depending on the size of the tank) and preheats it using either gas or electricity. That stored hot water is dispensed whenever someone in the home takes a shower, washes dishes or does laundry. Once empty, the tank refills with water and the heating process begins again.

IMG_5487A tankless water heater uses either gas or electricity to instantly heat any amount of water as it flows through the unit. Sensors activate the heater when hot water is needed, the water is heated to a set temperature, and the heater turns off when hot water is no longer in use. Combustion gases are released through a sealed vent system.

Pros & Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters provide the convenience of having a continuous supply of hot water while achieving greater energy efficiency, since they do not heat continuously. The Department of Energy estimates ENERGY STAR®-rated tankless water heaters will save a family of four about $95 annually, or $1,800 over the life of the standard tankless model, when compared to a tanked water heater.

Tankless water heaters also take up less space (about the size of a suitcase) and can be installed in more places, even on an outside wall. Life expectancy is 20+ years, nearly twice that of a traditional water heater. However, the initial cost of installing a tankless water heater is considerably higher, depending on the model, and retrofitting a home with an existing tank system can add to that cost. You cannot simply “swap out” a tanked heater for tankless. Your home’s piping, gas line and gas meter may need to be resized to handle the new installation, special venting will be needed for safety and to accommodate higher airflow rates, and electricity will be needed to power parts of the unit.  We like this post that really talks additional details!

Is Tanked Right for You?

If you are interested in tankless water heating, Hatfield (now Alair Homes- Plano) Builders & Remodelers can help you evaluate your current lifestyle and budget to determine if this option is a good fit for your remodeling project. We are the premier provider of home remodeling services in Highland Park, TX, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (214) 281-8800.

Posted on: February 9, 2016
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