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The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Tankless water heaters, as their name implies, are systems that heat up your water without using a standing tank like most people are accustomed to. The water passes through heated coils that instantly warms it and continues to provide hot water as long as the water is turned on. But is that the right choice for your Germantown, MD home? Here is a brief rundown of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

The biggest benefit lies in its efficiency. Because the tankless model doesn’t have to maintain the heat for an entire tank, they use much less energy than their tanked cousins. That can save you a great deal of money in monthly heating costs, as well as making your home more environmentally friendly. You also don’t need to wait for tankless water heaters to warm up, which means you get hot water much faster than you usually do with tanked models. In addition, tankless heaters tend to last longer than the alternative, and their small size means they take up a lot less space to boot.

On the downside, tankless models tend to cost more up-front than a more traditional water heater, which means you need to be prepared to “invest” in future savings. They can’t always handle high loads the way more traditional models can, which means you may need to install multiple units (especially if you have a large family or use a lot of water as a general rule).

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that the specifics vary based on your individual circumstances. The pros and cons of tankless water heaters should not be lightly dismissed, and the more you know going in, the more easily you can make an informed decision. In Germantown, MD, plumbing companies like Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can discuss the matter with you, then perform an installation with professionalism and pride. Call us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you make the best decision for your household!

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