Drip, drip, drip. Do you hear that sound in your tub? Do you hear it in your toilet tank? Do you hear it after a shower? What seems like just a nuisance is actually wasting water and costing you over time. Summer is the best time to check all your outdoor spigots and indoor faucets for leaks that can waste 90 gallons or water or more per day. And what’s great about fixing these plumbing leaks is that it can save you 10 percent on your water bill.
If you’ve got more problems than a few small leaks in your bathroom and you need new fixtures, you might consider planning a whole bathroom remodel. The National Home Builders Association says bathroom remodels account for 78% of home renovation jobs in the U.S. Something you might want to consider as part of that bathroom renovation might be a tankless water heater. Though not the flashiest part of your project, how you heat your water is at the core of your home’s water needs. Tankless heaters aren’t new but they are a departure from the traditional tank.
Reasons to Consider a Tankless Water Heater Over a Standard Tank
- Heats water faster. The water is heated as it moves over the elements.
- Conserves energy. Because a tankless is not keeping water warm 24/7 like your traditional tank, it only uses energy when you actually turn on a tap.
- Saves money over time. Less energy use means savings.
- Conserves water. No need to let the water run to start heating up.
- Endless hot water. Have a big family? Hate showering last? Everyone gets a hot shower with a tankless.
- Saves space. Units are physically smaller since they aren’t storing 40 gallons of water.
- Lessens risk of water damage. Since no water is being stored, there isn’t a risk of a water incident resulting in gallons and gallons flooding your home.
Potential Downsides to Your Tankless Water Heater
- If power goes out, there will be no hot water at all since there isn’t any already heated like in a traditional tank.
- If you have hard water, a yearly flushing is required to keep deposits from building up.
- More costly than traditional tank.
- May require an upgrade in your gas line.
A professional plumber or plumbing contractor can not only fix those pesky and costly leaks but can also evaluate your plumbing needs to help determine if a tankless water heater is for you. There are definitely quite a few upsides, but as with any major home project, it’s wise to seek estimates and do your research.