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Switching To A Tankless Water Heater For Your Home

by Sheila Vasquez

There are often more choices and options available when it comes to water heaters than homeowners may have first expected. For example, the option of installing a tankless water heater is often one of the most effective solutions for providing the home with hot water, but it is an option that is overlooked the most often.

How Does A Tankless Water Heater Provide So Much Hot Water?

One of the main reasons for choosing a tankless water heater is that it can provide you with a vast amount of hot water. In fact, it is common for the hot water provided by a tankless system to functionally be endless. This is due to the way that the system will heat the water on demand. By passing it through a series of long tubes with powerful heating elements in them, these systems can produce an endless stream of hot water.

Are There Any Obvious Disadvantages To Tankless Water Heaters?

While a tankless water heater can provide homeowners with some important benefits, it should be noted that there may be a few disadvantages that come with these systems that should always be considered. For example, these systems can require more space as they will have to accommodate the tubing that warms the water. However, these tubes can be installed behind walls or other areas where they will be out of sight. Additionally, a tankless water heater can take slightly longer to reach its temperature, which may require you to run the water for a few seconds before using it.

Will A Tankless Water Heater Have Its Performance Impacted By Cold Weather?

Homeowners that live in areas that have extremely cold winters might assume that the harsh temperatures will hinder the system's ability to produce sufficient amounts of hot water. However, this will not typically be the case as long as these systems are installed in areas of the home that are well-insulated. If you must install this system on an exterior wall, there are additional insulation panels that can be used to help shield the system from extremely cold temperatures.

If you are wanting to improve the performance of your home's plumbing, a tankless water heater can be one of the best ways of boosting the amount of available hot water. Understanding the basic way that these systems are able to provide hot water, the potential disadvantages that they have as well as the steps for preventing cold weather from impacting them can make it easier to oversee this improvement to the home.