Why not help make your New Year’s resolution to sell your home come true even sooner this year by making a commitment to the Green Revolution? You can distinguish your home (for sale) by accentuating its’ greener aspects — or even adding one or two.
A tankless water heater might be an ideal place to start. An old water heater could put you in hot water with buyers who want big ticket items (like water heaters) to be as new — and as energy efficient — as possible. When spending big bucks on a new home, many buyers may be turned off by what they see as potential additional expenses — including replacing a water heater.
Now is the perfect time to do that for them and remove a potential barrier to a sale. And installing a tankless water heater will enable you to tout both the environmental benefits and the financial savings this home improvement will bring to prospective buyers.
Traditional water heaters store hot water and therefore produce what is known as “standby energy” — the energy it takes to heat water that’s just waiting around for you to use it. Tankless heaters are just that, tankless — there is no big, bulky tank sucking up energy and taking up space. Tankless water heaters (also called “instantaneous” or “demand” water heaters), provide hot water only when it is actually needed.
How do they work? When you turn on your tap, cold water moves through a pipe and into the tankless water heater where it is heated at a rate of two to five gallons per minute. It’s continuous hot water on demand, not a tank full of hot water where it stands. Tankless water heaters come in both gas and electric models, so there’s sure to be one that’s right for your home.
For homes that use fewer than 41 gallons of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient than traditional storage tank water heaters. For homes that use 86 gallons of hot water per day, tankless water heaters still can be 8 to 24 percent more energy efficient.
So, if a hot water heater is on your home improvement to-do list, consider a tankless model. It’s “green” and though it’s made to be “hot” it’s actually cool — one of those neat, new things can set your home apart for buyers looking for ways to differentiate and decide.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara