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Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth the Upgrade in South Jersey?

Tankless water heaters offer benefits you don’t get with traditional water heaters. But, are those features worth the upgrade?

Based on our expert opinion and the experiences of our customers in South Jersey — more on them a little later — we’d say yes.

And, if you’re wondering how they work or what makes them so good, you’re in the right place.

As we promised in the title, this article dives deep into the benefits of these appliances. But first, we’ll quickly look at how they operate.

Then, we’ll get a glimpse of some real-life installations in Northfield, Upper Township, and Ocean City, NJ.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about upgrading your home in Cape May or Atlantic counties, call or email us here at Broadley’s.

Starting with a teleconference, we can help you determine if this is a good fit for you.

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Tankless water heaters work by heating cold water as it passes through the system. Unlike traditional models, it doesn’t store hot water for when you need it.

Photo Courtesy Navien

Photo Courtesy Navien

Instead, the heating process only occurs once you’ve turned on the tap and the water is on its way.

You may also see or hear these referred to as “demand-type” or “instantaneous” water heaters. Depending on the model, they use either gas or electricity to work.

Four Reasons to Upgrade to Tankless Water Heaters

Four reasons to consider an upgrade to tankless water heaters are:

  1. Endless Hot Water
  2. Hot Water Faster
  3. Lower Utility Bills
  4. Increased Storage Space

Let’s look closer at these benefits.

Endless Hot Water

  • Your average hot water tank holds 40 to 50 gallons.
  • Showers use up to 2.5 gallons of water every minute.

You can do the math on how many five- or ten-minute showers people can take before you run out of hot water.

Sure, anyone anywhere can get stuck taking a cold shower. But, it’s a common occurrence in homes at the shore during the summer.

You know the drill: Entire families come home from the beach — maybe their friends, too. And, they all take showers, one right after the other.

That’s a lot of water, especially if people are also using outside showers.

And if you have a duplex, we hope you’ve got two water heaters for two families’ worth of people.

Tankless eliminates this problem. Without worrying about storing enough hot water, everyone gets a comfortable shower.

Hot Water Faster

How often have you waited a minute or so before jumping in the shower because the water was still cold? Maybe, longer than that if you were on the third floor?

How about even standing around waiting to wash your hands?

With tankless, you turn on the tap and get warm water instantly. Since the system heats the water as it passes through, there’s no waiting.

Lower Utility Bills

Instant hot water is not only convenient. It also saves money and resources.

Go back to those water usage numbers: Every time you let the shower run for a minute before getting in, you waste up to two-and-a-half gallons.

Multiply that by the number of showers per day, then per month or annually. Depending on how many people live with you, it can quickly add up to more than a thousand gallons, or hundreds of dollars, every year.

Cutting out that waste and saves money and water.

Increased Storage Space

Here’s another benefit that seems custom-made for the Jersey Shore: Increasing your storage space!

Most inland homes have basements, which offer plenty of space for a large water heater. But, anyone living near the shore knows that’s not always the case.

The threat of flooding means the first floor is as low as you go. Most homes have crawl spaces to keep your bottom floor a few feet above the ground.

As a result, homeowners lose an entire storage closet to their water heater. They often also make do with a smaller tank to save room.

However, a tankless water heater takes up a fraction of the space that older models need. Since it doesn’t store water, it doesn’t need all those extra cubic feet.

Your average model is small enough to fit against the wall above or alongside a washing machine or dryer.

It doesn’t waste floor space, and you’re also mounting it on a wall you couldn’t use anyway.

Tankless Water Heater Installations in South Jersey

Hot Water All Summer With Tankless Heater in Ocean City, NJBroadley’s has installed plenty of tankless water heaters in South Jersey. We’ve been in business for nearly a century. So, our reputation as a trusted, reliable HVAC company has been in place since far before this technology came around.

And, recently, we began keeping closer track of some of our satisfied tankless customers.

So, if you’re curious, you can read more about:

The family in Upper Township that went tankless a decade ago and doubled down when it was time for a replacement.

Homeowners in Northfield who went in on an upgrade when their old traditional system threatened to break down for good.

The homeowner tired of taking cold showers every summer who traded in a 20-year-old tank for a high-efficiency unit.

Call or email us today at Broadley’s to find out how a unit like this can transform your home!