Living With A Tankless Hot Water Heater
I first heard about tankless hot water heaters a little
over 20 years ago. My husband and I were newly married, living in an
apartment and liked to watch home improvement shows. On one particular
show, the homeowners were adding a master bedroom and bath addition onto
their home. The master bath had a large Jacuzzi tub. The plumber suggested
adding a tankless hot water heater for the new tub, as it was very large
and required a large amount of hot water to fill. My husband and I were
fascinated by this concept and really never forgot it.
we purchased our first home. The hot water and furnace situation were very
old. However, the home had no access to natural gas and there was a
several year waiting list to get natural gas into our home. We had fuel
oil and electricity. We were unable to find any tankless hot water heaters
that would accommodate the utilities we had and wound up purchasing a
standard electric tank type. Of course, this was many, many years prior to
the Internet. Now you can obtain a tankless for electric, natural gas or
propane. Healthy Home Mall carries all three types and in different sizes to
accommodate your needs.
years have passed. My husband and I have lived in many places and many
different types of homes since that time, all with conventional tank type
water heaters. Recently we built a cabin in the woods. We had the unique
opportunity to install a whole house tankless hot water heater into the
I must admit that once my husband started explaining
the different ways we would have to use the water, I became a little skeptical.
However, I can tell you that after 2 months of living with this wonderful
little device, I am sold!
Now, I have hot water, all the
time. The only time I have to "wait" for hot water, is when I
turn on the faucet and wait for hot water to reach where I am. Maybe 3 or
4 seconds. That's it. Once the hot water is flowing, it continues to flow
until I turn it off. I doesn't matter that my husband has just gotten out
of the shower or that I have been doing load after load of laundry for
When I want to take a shower, I turn the hot water
on full. The pressure is a little less than what I was used to but I have
found that does not matter anymore. I really don't notice a difference
now. Once the water is hot (about 2
seconds) I add cold water until the temperature of the water is what I
like. That's it. No more having to adjust the temperature of the water
several times during a shower. No more danger of scalding or being
suddenly frozen at the loss of hot water. I could stay in the shower for
hours if I wanted to. I never run out of hot water.
only restriction we have is that we can not shower and do laundry at the
same time. Well, we never could do that with a conventional type water
heater either. There
are bigger units that would accommodate this kind of demand but we didn't
feel it was necessary for our needs.
My husband and I
have 3 dogs and we do all of their bathing and grooming ourselves. One of
the things that I really like about this water heater is that the
temperature never fluctuates. So once I have set the water to bathe a dog,
it always stays that way. No danger of the water becoming too hot for our
furry friends. The dogs seem to like it too!
Now I can say
from experience that a tankless hot water heater is definitely an
improvement over the tank type. I have hot water whenever I need it and we
save money by not having the water heat and reheat in a holding tank. I
would recommend it to anyone!
It has been over a year and a half since we installed the tankless
hot water heater. I can tell you that I love it as much now as I did after
those first 2 months! We have saved so much money on our electricity bill
too because we are not heating and reheating water in a tank when there is
no one home to use it. I am completely sold and will never go back to the
conventional tank type again!
If you would like to learn more
about Tankless Water Heaters,
About Tankless Water Heaters .com
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