When compared to traditional tanks, tankless water heaters have numerous benefits. Tankless water heaters require less room, last longer, save money, and provide an endless supply of hot water.

English: Two Rannai brand, tankless water heat...

English: Two Rannai brand, tankless water heaters in a commercial setting. Each unit is rated 199,000 BTU and the two work in parallel, heating water to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. Located on a dairy farm and provide hot water for cleaning milking equipment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditional tank style water heaters come in a large variety of sizes and shapes, but if you are using one for your entire home, you can guarantee that it will be quite a bit larger than a tankless water heater. Electric tankless water heaters are usually about the size of a briefcase, while their gas counterparts are approximately the size of a suitcase. With either power source, you are usually looking at saving a considerable amount of space if replacing a traditional tank.

In the past, traditional tank water heaters were built to last. It wouldn’t be unusual for a water heater to last twenty years with proper maintenance. Most of the traditional tanks on the market today are lucky if they last the average 8 – 12 years. Due to their lack of water storage, tankless water heaters often last quite a bit longer. Gas powered units will usually last about 15 – 20 years, while their electric counterparts will last 30 – 40 years.

One of the biggest benefits of tankless water heaters is financial. Although tankless usually cost slightly more to purchase than a traditional tank, they quickly make this back and more with their lower operating costs. Compared to a traditional electric tank water heater, a tankless will usually save a homeowner 40 – 50 percent on their water heating bill. When taken over their longer lifespan this savings can add up to a substantial amount.

Larger families are often most impressed with a tankless water heaters ability to provide an endless stream of hot water. In most homes with a traditional tank, the third person to take a shower in the morning either has a shortened or a cold shower as the tank has been depleted and must get up to temperature again. Since tankless water heaters heat the water as it flows through, you can run it for as long as you like, and never have the water go cold.

With their smaller size, longer lifespan, greater efficiency, and ability to produce endless amounts of hot water, tankless water heaters offer a great many benefits over traditional tank water heaters.

Mark Coupe has been involved in the tankless water heater industry for 9 years, and provides detailed information on tankless, including flow rate and temperature rise comparisons on E-Tankless.com

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A domestic continuous water heater made by Rin...

A domestic continuous water heater made by Rinnai in Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)