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If it’s time to replace your water heater, you might have already spent some time wondering whether you’ve got the right kind of water heater for your home.
There’s nothing wrong with a traditional water heater, of course, but as technology has advanced, more people have opted to switch to tankless water heaters at their home in Marrero, LA. Given that you’re constantly using water throughout the day — whether or not you realize it — you might be wondering whether it’s time to make the switch in your own home.
If you’re on the fence, or if you’ve never considered switching, it’s time to take a look at the benefits of tankless water heaters over a traditional one. Learn a few things here!
Space, Space, Space
One of the biggest drawbacks to traditional water heaters is the amount of space they take up. Have you ever wondered what you could do with your basement if you didn’t have a bulky water heater tank sitting there taking up space? By switching to a tankless water heater, you don’t have to wonder anymore. Your plumber can put a tankless water heater in an out-of-the-way spot on your wall, minimizing the space it takes up and the intrusion it causes into your space. You could turn the old space into a home office, a place to get away from the world, or just about anything that you’ve wanted to add to your home.
Since December 2016, the federal government has provided a cash incentive for homeowners to add tankless water heaters to their home. Any homeowner who makes the switch can receive a 10% tax credit at tax time through 2021, and the program might be extended further down the line.
A 10 percent tax break isn’t a huge amount of savings, but it can definitely ease the costs of installing a tankless water heater and provide some short-term savings while you wait for the long-term benefit of using less energy. On its own, a tax break probably isn’t enough to get most homeowners to agree to make the switch. But if you already needed to replace the water heater at your Marrero, LA home, why not go the tankless route and save some extra money on your taxes in the process?
Hot Water On Demand
If you’re the kind of person who hates wasted energy, you’re really going to appreciate making the switch to tankless water heaters. That’s because a traditional water heater is one of the most inefficient systems in your house. Your tank needs time to heat water properly, and it can’t plan for when you might need hot water for laundry, dishes, showering or other uses.
That means that the tank always must be in operation, 24 hours a day, even when nobody is using it. You could go on a vacation for a week, and your hot water heater would constantly heat the water for the entire time that you’re out of the house, just in case someone might need to use the hot water.
With these water heaters, there’s no wasted energy. That’s because a tankless model can heat up the water instantly, allowing you to only use the water that you need without wasting energy costs on heating up unused water. That means a more efficient system, and that means more money in your pocket when the time comes to pay your utility bills. If you’re looking for a way to cut back on utility costs over time, going tankless is a great strategy for the long run.
Hot Water Is Always Available
The fact that a traditional water heater is always on comes with another drawback: it can only heat a certain amount of water at a time. Let’s say that your preteen daughter has a sleepover with five of her friends, all of whom want to take a shower in the morning. If you’ve got a traditional water heater, the fifth and sixth girl to shower are either going to have to be incredibly efficient or they’re going to run out of hot water.
That’s because a traditional water heater can only heat the water that it has stored in the tank, and once that runs out, it takes time to heat more water. With tankless water heaters, there’s no worry about waiting for hot water or running out if too many people use it. Because a tankless water heater can heat your water on demand, you’ll always have access to all the hot water you need for the task at hand.
Long Lifespans and Long Warranties
When you opt to install tankless water heaters in your home, you can count on it being in place for about 20 years with proper maintenance. You’re also likely to get a 20-year warranty that exists as long as you take proper care of your system throughout that time frame. For most homeowners, the water heater is like a football referee: the only time you notice it is when it doesn’t do its job properly. Because of that, the average homeowner wants to be able to simply take care of the problem with the water heater once and then forget about the problem for as long as possible.
When you switch to tankless water heaters, you’ll find that having that peace of mind can make a big difference in the upkeep of your home. All you have to do is regularly call in an expert for maintenance, and you might not have to worry about the water heater again for a decade or two!
At bluefrog Plumbing + Draining of New Orleans, we’re always happy to help homeowners save on their water heating costs by installing tankless water heaters in their homes. If you’re interested in regaining space, making your home more efficient or simply taking advantage of newer technology, give us a call. We’ll be happy to set up tankless water heaters at home and help ensure hot water is always available!