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Home Buying Is Easier When You Know Your Remodeling Options

While I am not a professional contractor, I have a good friend who is. He often calls and tells me about his days and I have learned a lot about home renovations and remodeling options just listening to his stories. Knowing my home remodeling options greatly aided the shopping experience when I was ready to purchase my first home. I wanted to live in a location close to my family, and there were limited homes on the market in the area. However, due to knowing what changes could be made to an existing home, I was able to find a good house that I knew I could make great with just a few changes after I bought it. I was recently inspired to create a blog to share what I have learned about home renovations with anyone who would like to read it!

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Is It Time To Go Tankless? The Right Water Heater For You

In recent years tankless water heaters have been making a big splash in the hot water business.  If you're due for a water heater replacement, you might be considering going the tankless route.  These new water heaters have a lot of things in their favor, but there are also some potential down sides you should be aware of before you make the investment in a tankless water heating system.

The Costs

There are both pros and cons when it comes to the cost of a tankless water heater. The price tag of these systems is likely to give you some sticker shock initially.  They cost more than traditional water heater tanks by a fairly large margin -- and installation is more expensive as well due to the requirement for new plumbing systems.  You can expect to pay twice as much or more for a tankless water heater as you would if you replaced your current one with a traditional tank-style heater.

Of course, the upfront cost is mitigated by a few important points.  First, the lifespan of a tankless water heater is longer than that of a traditional model -- up to twice as long, which means you might have to replace your water heater again with a traditional model long before a tankless model needed replacing.  Secondly, tankless heaters only heat water as needed -- so you aren't running up energy bills keeping a big tank of water hot.  In the long term, tankless heaters have the potential to make up for some of their initial cost.

Saving Space

Depending on where you water heater is located, you make be grateful for the extra space afforded by switching to a tankless heater.  Bulky tanks can take up a lot of room, especially if they're located in the garage, a place in the house that has a way of becoming overcrowded.  Going to a tankless water heater can buy you some space for that extra fridge, some more storage room, or simply make the space feel less crowded.

If your water heater is located out of the way, in a basement or closet -- or if you have a large house -- space saving might not be part of the equation for you.  But in small homes, it can make a big difference.

Hot Water Output

If you have a big family with a lot of people needing hot water for that morning rush through the shower, you might find a tankless heater struggling to keep up.  While it can heat water quickly and provide it consistently, a tankless heater can sometimes have a hard time providing enough hot water for high-demand homes.  Traditional tank heaters, especially the more efficient modern ones, are generally up to the task of providing enough hot water for everyone, even during times of heavy use.

Take your family's hot water use and needs into consideration when deciding which type of heater will replace your old one. For more information, contact a company like Marv's Plumbing.