Switching to Tankless: Choosing a Tankless Water Heater

Homeowners who are switching from a traditional water heater to a tankless one, also known as a demand-type water heater, can expect several benefits from using it. First is that tankless water heaters are energy-efficient because heat isn’t lost from the standing water. Another benefit is the convenience it provides. They can enjoy a nice, hot shower without waiting long just to heat up the water.

Before you purchase your very own tankless water heater, however, it’s important to determine the features of a model that suits you. Keep these things in mind when selecting a tankless water heater model:

Machine Design

Tankless water heaters are, by design, a much simpler appliance to operate than a large, pilot-lit tank. When buying a tankless water heater, choose a model that has a built-in display. Doing so will make it easier for you to operate the appliance. Moreover, purchase the ones that are simple to operate. Many find that a simple tankless water heater can make all the difference in their home.

Fuel Type

You can choose from either a gas-powered tankless water heater or an electric-powered water heater. Electric tankless water heaters are cheaper to install, and do not require venting. On the other hand, in spite of the need for vents, gas tankless water heaters cost less per unit and have slightly higher flow rates. So, consider the type of fuel your house is using when buying a water heater.


Your tankless water heater model should meet the unique needs of your home as well as your current financial situation. Although a tankless water heater may be a bit expensive to repair, the long-term savings in energy costs could offset the overall cost.

Machine design, fuel type, and short- and long-term costs are some of the things to keep in mind when choosing a tankless water heater for your home. You won’t regret making that switch to tankless when you have these criteria to guide your purchase.