Big news! We’ve reached the point of almost being finished with demolishing and beginning to add NEW things. Yay! We’re on a timeline and will be living there very soon so this is definitely a good sign. First item on the list is getting running water going in the house. It would be tough to live there and not have a bathroom.
I’m going to pass this post on to John in explaining why we’re using a tankless water heater.
Hey, John here. I’m just going to jump right in with my reasons for going tankless.
Tankless water heaters are awesome. The big reason for us is that they’re much smaller than traditional heaters. We needed a new water heater but have a small house, so we didn’t want to waste any of it with a huge tank of water. Also, the attic is too low to use practically for any other purpose than utilities. This is where is size of the tankless water heater stood out. The tankless system can easily fit in the attic and it’s light enough to maneuver and install.
There are other benefits too – endless supply of hot water, and a potentially more efficient system. But these were secondary for us.
The down side to a tankless system is the cost. Even though we looked for sales and used coupons, our system was probably $200-300 more than a traditional system. There are also reports that the heat can be sporadic, but it seems the newer models have overcome this issue.
The last note is to be cognizant of ground water temperature and water usage. Despite the claims presented on the front of the box, as ground water temperature decreases, the amount of hot water available will drastically decrease
The temperature rise is the difference between the ground water temperature and the hottest water available. Since we live in Texas, this is not as much of a problem. We may not be able to wash the clothes and shower at the same time in the winter, but apart from that we’ll have full functionality.
So there you have it. Those are our reasons for using a tankless water heater.