As your contractor begins your home addition project, you will have a lot of decisions to make. If you're trying to keep the costs low, you may want to make the project as simple as possible; however, you also should avoid skimping. One area where you may be able to save money is in the new bathroom the contractor is adding. If you have a tankless hot water heater installed in this room, it could be a cheaper option.
What Is a Tankless Hot Water Heater?
Most homes have water heaters with tanks. The heater heats up the water, which is stored in the tank until it is needed. This is most likely what your house has, but you do not have to use this for your new bathroom. Instead, you could choose a tankless system, which is a hot water heater without a tank.
This system heats up water only when it is needed. Water is not stored in a tank, and hot water is not produced until you turn a sink on to get hot water. Most tankless systems operate with electricity, but you can also purchase systems that use gas. Both are efficient and there are many benefits of having one of these in your new bathroom.
What Are the Benefits?
One of the benefits of this is that it will be easier to install. Instead of connecting the new bathroom plumbing fixtures to the existing hot water heater in the house, the fixtures are connected to the tankless system.
Second, tankless systems are very small, and you can have the system installed right inside your bathroom because of this. It can be placed under the bathroom sink, or you could place it in a closet.
Tankless systems also offer the benefit of energy efficiency. A tankless system does not waste hot water or lose heat.
If your house is old and if you have trouble getting enough hot water to all the appliances and fixtures, this would be a great solution. Another thing this solves is a common problem that older houses often have. In an older house, if someone is in the shower and another person flushes a toilet, the water in the shower can instantly get burning hot or ice cold. A tankless system would solve both of these problems because it would allow people to use this new bathroom without affecting the water supply in the rest of the house.
What Else Should You Consider?
As you consider this decision, there are several other factors you might want to look into, including:
- Upfront costs – A tankless system will cost more upfront, especially in this situation. But, keep in mind that the labor to install it might be less with this option.
- Life expectancy – It's also important to compare the life expectancy of these devices. While a traditional hot water heater may last around 10 years, a tankless system is designed to last for at least 20.
- Convenience – In this situation, there is one other factor that could be highly beneficial. If your original hot water heater stops working, you will still have hot water in your bathroom. This is a huge benefit offered by choosing a tankless system for your home addition.
- Size – When choosing a tankless system for a single bathroom, you may be able to go with a very small size because it will only have to supply water to one room. Your contractor can help you determine this answer, which is calculated by finding out the needed flow rate for your bathroom.
Having a tankless system in your house could solve your water problems and could be the more cost-effective option. If you are interested in learning more about this, talk to your contractor about hot water heater installation.Share