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Tankless Water Heater Pros and Cons


If we were to ask you which home system you simply couldn’t live without, you’d probably immediately think of your furnace.

It’s true that in Virginia you rely heavily on your furnace to keep your home warm and toasty throughout the heating season.

But there is a home system that you rely on on a daily basis, 365 days a year. That indispensable system is your water heater!

Just think about how many times a day and for how many purposes you use water. Morning showers, cooking meals, washing clothes and dishes, and sterilizing your hands.

When your water heater starts to show signs that it’s struggling to do its job, you’ll notice right away. 

If you’ve been thinking it’s time to upgrade your water heater in Culpeper, VA, perhaps you’ve been thinking about going tankless. Let’s review their pros and cons so you can decide if a tankless model is a good fit for your home and family.

Tankless Water Heater Pros

  • Energy Savings: If you’re interested in eco-friendly choices when it comes to appliances, tankless water heaters fit the bill. Because they heat water on demand, they use a lot less energy than tank water heaters which have to keep hot water available 24/7.
  • Money Savings: Decreasing your energy usage automatically translates to a decrease in your energy bills, which is a definite win-win. You’ll reap the benefits of paying less for utilities for as long as you own your tankless water heater. 
  • Longevity: Tank water heaters last 10-15 years, and tankless models last a bit longer. That’s because they don’t experience the constant wear and tear of keeping hot water stored 24/7.
  • Unlimited Hot Water: Does the morning routine in your household suffer from arguments about who gets to take showers first? Tankless water heaters heat water on demand which means there should be plenty of hot water to go around for everyone in your family. 
  • Compact Size: Tankless models take up a lot less square footage in your home, freeing up space in your home or garage. They can even be mounted on a wall. 

Tankless Water Heater Cons

  • Initial Cost and Installation: Because tankless models are more complex than tank water heaters, they’re going to cost more upfront and also for installation. That’s because they take longer to install, too. If you have a tank water heater and are switching to tankless, some plumbing modifications may be required. 
  • Waiting for Hot Water: With no hot water stored 24/7 in a tank, you’ll have a bit of a delay between turning the tap on and having hot water come out. Although this delay should only be 15-30 seconds, that can seem like a long time in the winter when you’re waiting for a hot shower or hot water to wash your hands. 
  • Keeping up with demand: For homes with a lot of household members or high demands for hot water that occur at the same time, a tankless water heater might struggle to keep up. However, there are workarounds if this situation applies to you that we can help you with. 

A tankless water heater is an efficient option for households throughout Culpeper and beyond that want to save money and eliminate energy waste.

Contact Dynamic Heating and Cooling for your next tankless water heater installation. Excellence in Everything We Do!

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