Should Your Home Go Tankless?

Posted On: May 1, 2020

If you’re in the market for a new water heater or considering alternative options to the traditional water heater tank currently in your home, you might think about going tankless this time around. There are many benefits to tankless water heaters outside of a smaller installation footprint and endless hot water. Water heating accounts for around 17% of your home’s energy usage, making it the second-highest contributor to your utility costs after your heating and cooling system.

Short Pump Heating & Air wants to provide customers with some more information on tankless vs. traditional water heaters to determine if this upgrade is right for you and your family.

How Do They Work?

While traditional water heaters use more electricity or gas to keep anywhere from 30-100 gallons of hot water on standby, tankless water heaters, or “on-demand water heaters”, generate hot water only when needed. This helps cut down on energy usage and ultimately your electric or gas bill. The tankless systems use a powerful gas-fired burner or electric unit that kicks on when the hot water tap is opened. It then heats the water directly as it flows toward the fixture, providing unlimited hot water whenever and wherever you need it.


  • Lower energy bills
  • Smaller installation footprint
  • Reduced flooding risk
  • Endless hot water
  • Longer average life

How To Know If Tankless Is Right for Me

If any of the following statements apply to you and your home water usage, then tankless could be the best option!

  • My home is short on storage space – Most tankless water heaters are about 20 inches wide by 28 inches tall, and 10 inches deep…or about the size of a carry on bag.
  • We run out of hot water when showering – If you run out of hot water when multiple showers are taken in a row, a tankless water heater will solve this problem. You can leave the shower running all day long, and hot water will never run out if you have a tankless water heater in your home. Also, if you have a large jacuzzi style tub, a tankless water heater will give you endless hot water capacity to fill it.
  • My family doesn’t use much hot water – The less hot water you use, the more you should expect to save by investing in a tankless water heater over a tank heater. Homes that consume 40 gallons of hot water or less per day save 24%-34% compared to traditional water heating.

If you want to learn more about tankless water heaters or want to speak with one of our expert plumbers on pricing information, call Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 today! We will help you find the best system for you and your family’s hot water needs. 

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