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Tankless Water Heaters: Some of the Pros and Cons

March 21, 2017

If you need to replace your aging tank-style water heater, you have an opportunity to make the switch to an on-demand or tankless model. When you consider the pros and cons of having a tankless water heater, the first advantage that stands out is flexibility. You can choose between gas-fired and electric models, in sizes ranging from small-capacity units suitable for a single bathroom, up to whole-home units with enough output to supply hot water to three showers simultaneously.

Additional Pros of Tankless Water Heaters

On-demand hot water heating offers some other impressive benefits as well:

·       Energy savings. Since you no longer have a large storage tank that's constantly cycling on and off to maintain the temperature of gallons of hot water, your energy consumption will drop along with your utility bills.

·       Convenience. Even a large tank of hot water can empty quickly when demand peaks at certain times of day, and waiting for more hot water is a major inconvenience. When you have tankless models installed that are sized to meet your household needs, you'll enjoy a non-stop supply of hot water and never have to worry about running out again.

·       Versatility. On-demand water heaters are surprisingly compact, so they can be installed almost anywhere, such as your utility room, garage, basement or right in the bathroom they serve.

Potential Downsides of Tankless Water Heaters

On the downside, tankless water heaters can cost three times as much as tank-style units, and models that require gas-line and venting modifications cost more to install. You might decide that the added convenience and energy savings of going tankless outweigh any negatives.

Contact us today at Lozier Heating and Cooling to learn if you'd benefit by installing a tankless water heater in your Des Moines home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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