|Posted by John Scates on February 02, 19101 at 19:00:33:|
|In response to Re: tankless water heaters|
One thing to consider, especially if you currently have a GAS water heater. The tankless variety, at least the ones that I am familiar with, are direct electric resistance heating units. Gas is generally a cheaper way to heat water.
Having said that, however, the tankless varieties do not use as much energy to create the hot water that you use. The losses for keeping a tank of water heated during idle times are eliminated. How this savings of usage balances against the higher cost of electrical heating would depend upon your own usage patterns.
As far as longevity goes, I don't think that the tankless varieties actually last longer. You might check out other discussions on tankless heaters on this same board, particularly the thread starting at http://terrylove.com/wwwboard/messages/15015.html
- John Scates
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