How long do you have to wait from the moment you turn on the hot water faucet before you have hot water coming to the tap? Depending on how far the water has to travel from your water heater to your tap, this could be a wait of a few seconds or much more. This is just one of the many shortcomings of traditional water heaters. Another major shortcoming is that the water heater constantly keeps the water warm, whether someone is using warm water or not.
A good alternative to a conventional water heater is to use a tankless water heater. These devices can be installed right next to your sink or shower and will heat up the water instantly. Not only does this save you the time for the water to make it to the tap, you also save a lot of money since you won’t be heating up water that you don’t need.