Why Choose a Tankless Direct Vent Water Heater for your Home?

If you’re looking to replace, upgrage, or install a new water heating system, a tankless direct vent water heater may be the best solution for your needs.  If you’re looking for reasons why you choose one, there are a number of compelling advantages of such a system that can help you make your decision much easier.    Over the years, tankless water heaters have become better in almost every conceivable way.  Safety, efficiency, reliability,  output, cost, and ease of installation just to name a few.    Not only can you save a lot of money by using one, you can easily supply all of your home’s hot water needs.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should choose tankless.

Energy Cost Savings

If you’re like most of us without an unlimited supply of money, heating bills are a major concern.   Studies show that home hot water heating costs can range from 14%–25% of your home’s total energy costs.   That means that for every dollar you spend on energy, up to 25 cents of that goes directly to heating water.    According to most manufacturers, a tankless direct vent water heater can cut these costs by up to 50% or more.    With such a large reduction in water heating costs,  it’s easy to see that the payback for such a heater is rather quick.  Heavy users will  realize an even quicker payback period.

Space Savings

You’re probably familiar with conventional tank based water heaters.  The traditional water heater storage tank with a burner, or heating elements.  They’re large and they take up a lot of room.   Tankless direct vent water heaters are extremely compact, and can be mounted on a wall.   Add to that the fact that they’re direct vent, and that you can often route the venting horizontally through the wall to the outside, and you can see why they require so little space.  Tank based water heaters not only have a large 40 or 80 gallon tank, they have a burner which often attaches to the outside of the tank increasing the footprint even more.   This is especially true for fuel oil burning hot water heaters with large burners.

Higher Energy Efficiency

While this could be a part of the higher energy savings since it directly influences the cost of heating water, it’s worth noting that these types of hot water heaters are much more energy efficient than conventional systems.  And the main reason for this is due soley to the fact that these tankless heaters do not store hot water.  Traditional tank based  heaters heat the water and then store it resulting in heat losses from the tank.  These losses can be substantial and result in much higher costs associated with operating one.   Not only are they more efficient, their efficiency also stays high for much longer than a conventional tank type heater.  They don’t suffer the degradation in efficiency caused by anode failure and hard water build up, or corrosion.

Longer Life Expectancy

Since there’s no tank to rust or corrode,  the operating life of a tankless heater versus a tanked hot water heater is much larger.   Conventional oil or gas tank hot water heaters are expected to last from 8 – 13 years,  whereas demand (tankless direct vent) type heaters have an average life expectancy of 20 years.    This is a huge increase over conventional heaters, and one of the more compelling reasons for choosing one.

Unlimited Supply of Hot Water

A properly sized tankless direct vent water heater can easily supply all the hot water that you and your family need.  Unlike a tank based heater that can be drawn down rather quickly, an instantaneous hot water heater produces hot water as you need it for as long as you need it.  No more cold showers if you’re the second person in a row to take a shower!

So as you can see from just these few examples, a tankless direct vent water heater is your best choice when it comes to choosing or replacing/upgrading your hot water system.  Along with a long service life, you’ll be saving a lot  of money on water heating costs, and  you’ll have an unlimited supply of hot water.

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