Our travels have taken us to new places over the years, this includes inside the United States and outside of the states. We love to see how people truly live and not just the “tourist traps”. While traveling to Alaska for my husband’s retirement, we rented a home that had a tankless water heater. Since we love to learn about home improvements that can pay for themselves this was of interest to us.
We knew we would need a new water heater tank sooner or later and thought, if we could buy a tankless heater rather than a tank, that would offset the higher cost. Let me explain why the tankless choice is smarter for our home. Before you decide there is a great resource for water heater reviews for 2018.
When we moved in this was a 2 bedroom bungalow. Knowing we did not want to climb the stairs as we aged, plus just being too cramped for us, we added a huge living room and bedroom on to the end. Our home now looks similar to a ranch type of home.
The water heater, and furnace, are in the old part of the home. Since everything is stretched out farther, they both have to work harder. So this means we turn on hot water and not only does it keep the water hot all the time it has to travel a long distance. This makes it takes a minute or so, of wasted water.
With a tankless water heater, I would have the heater under my sink, no wasted water. I would want a unit for my whole home also. The water is heated immediately, no wait time, lowering my utility bill. And no tank that get rusted and sediment that has to be removed or replaced, saving me time and money. Plus I can get filtered water with this to save us money on other things we have around our home.
The cost is the only drawback, but as you can see this would pay for itself in a short time. There are a lot of improvements you can make that will do the same. Our next project will be moving and replacing the furnace.