The only challenge is that with traditional water heaters, that “long” hot shower can turn into a “short” hot shower followed by a cool blast of water. If you have an older or undersized water heater you can relate. And, if you have teenage kids (or just about any age kids) you can probably relate too! There is nothing worse than trying to get ready for work in an ice-cold shower because your son or daughter used up all the hot water.
So what’s the solution?
You could go the route of standing outside the bathroom with a stop watch and cutting off the water supply after 4 minutes (your kids and significant other might not be too happy). You could install an enormous hot water tank that will send your heating bills through the roof (you probably won’t be too happy when the bill arrives). You could just suck it up and get used to refreshing, ice cold showers (yeah, we don’t think so).
Or, you could invest in a tankless water heater and end the hot water woes.
With a tankless water heater, the water in your home is heated on-demand, without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water valve is turned on, the cold water travels through the tankless unit and is instantly heated by either a gas or electric heating element.
Tankless water heaters have a lot of advantages, including:
Endless supply of hot water.
Because there is no storage tank, you don’t have a limited supply of hot water. Water is heated on demand, when you need it. It starts heating the minute you turn on the tap, and keeps steady until you turn it off! You’re no longer stuck rushing through a shower or staggering your morning routines so everyone gets a bit of hot water.
More energy efficient.
With traditional water heater tanks, you use energy to constantly heat water–just in case it might be used. That uses a LOT of energy. Tankless heaters however, only kick on when you need them. ENERGY STAR found that homes that use an average amount of hot water each day (41 gallons or less), can trim energy consumption by 24-34% with a tankless heater.
Lower utility costs.
While tankless heaters do cost a bit more to install, they are much less expensive in the long-run. ENERGY STAR reported that an average household saves $100 or more each year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless heater.
Ready to say goodbye to the hot water woes?
Let TJ’s Plumbing and Heating install a tankless heater today–before the real cold weather kicks in. We are proud to offer the #1 selling tankless water heater in the U.S. The Rinnai units we install are small, energy-efficient, and offer outstanding performance and longevity. If you’re ready for endless hot water contact us today.
And, if you would like to learn more about Rinnai tankless hot water heaters watch this short video: