Whether you need a water heating system for your commercial space or residence, choosing between the traditional tank and modern tankless units can be a difficult decision. Each system comes with its own set of benefits, and sometimes looking at the pros helps you come up with your right answer. The reason why is simple: If it won’t benefit you, it’s not the way to go.
Here are four benefits of a tankless unit many building managers and homeowners enjoy. In fact, some have vowed that after going tankless, they’ll never go back to the tank again.
1. Zero Hot Water Loss
A tankless water heater works well for commercial spaces that cannot be without hot water, such as a hotel or spa. When people visit these types of places, one thing they marvel at is the shower never runs out of hot water. This is because the property likely has a tankless water heating system. These systems are also called “demand-type water heaters,” because they answer a demand without fail. If you’re looking for a new system in the home, this benefit is also quite appealing, because nothing is worse than running out of hot water during your morning shower, especially in the winter.
2. Smaller Size
In commercial spaces, the water heater generally isn’t seen; in some homes, it is. If you’re a homeowner who isn’t interested is seeing the unsightly water-heating tank in your garage or utility closet, you may be happier with a tankless unit. The unit itself is approximately 28-inches-by-20-inches, which means you can hide just about anywhere more easily than that bulky tank. The unit is mounted to your wall, so you don’t have to worry about losing floor space to a water-heating tank, which is also important to smaller commercial and industrial spaces. If size matters, opt for the smaller tankless heater.
If you’re facing the expense of replacing your water heater, you already know you don’t want to face that expense again anytime soon. The problem with tank heaters is they aren’t built to last. It isn’t their fault. They can’t help it. They hold water at all times, so the innards rust eventually. A tankless water heating system runs water through it over heating coils without storing it, so it doesn’t succumb to rust and other corrosion. Your tank will last 10 to 12 years; your tankless system can last twice that long; 20 years is an average lifespan. You save money in the end because you don’t have to replace as often.
4. Energy Efficient
Finally, you may also realize additional cost savings with a tankless unit because they are more energy efficient. It costs less to operate the tankless system than it does traditional systems. They only heat water up when you demand it; there is no need to keep the water hot in the tank throughout the day and night. You’ll be surprised how much money you save after the tankless unit is installed, and households and businesses need to save money where they can. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy confirms tankless is the way to go if you’re looking to go green and reduce your energy usage.
To tank or not to tank, that is the question. In most cases, a tankless unit provides many benefits that outweigh any of its cons. Smaller than a tank and energy efficient, these systems work well in commercial, industrial, and residential spaces. For those looking to never take a hot, then warm, then cold shower again, tankless is your best bet. If you don’t mind a tank and want to save money at the outset, opt for the traditional tank. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll replace it in half the time you will the tankless, so make certain you really are saving money after all.