My electric water heater is in the basement of my two-story house. Do you recommend a tankless water heater under the circumstances?

Asked by Lee Glenn
Chapel Hill, NC

My master bath, guest bath, washer and dryer are on the third level (second floor). The kitchen and half-bath are on the main floor (above the basement).


Answered by Erik Henry

Brownsburg, IN

ELH Construction LLC

June 4, 2010

It will make no difference in the heat loss if you switch to a tankless water heater if the location is the same. The heat loss from the water heater to your fixtures has nothing to do with the source of heat.

However, for energy savings it is always smart to use a tankless water heater. The advantage is not having to store the water before you use it. If you do not want to take on the cost of a tankless water heater, you can purchase an insulating blanket for your water heater to slow the heat loss.

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