A parade of homes, also known as a tour of homes, is a popular home showcase hosted by home builder associations across the country. These regional events give homeowners and contractors to show off their best work, and help to bring communities closer together. Homes chosen for these showcases are typically recently remodeled or constructed, with special care taken to aesthetic design and functionality. Homeowners looking to upgrade their own homes for a showcase should note that tankless water heaters are a near ubiquitous choice for high-end presentation.
Show homes go tankless
Tankless water heaters are common investments for showcase homes for numerous reasons. For example, participants in the Builder's Association of North Central Florida Parade of Homes selected tankless water heaters in an attempt to reduce water usage in the home, according to Living in the Heart of Florida. Homeowners installed tankless heaters in conjunction with dual-flush toilets and low flow faucets to maximize water saving around the house.
Homeowners showing off real estate at the Greater Fort Smith Association of Home Builders Parade were likewise fond of tankless water heaters, according to The City Wire. Fort Smith, Arkansas, is unique in that the community has ready access to natural gas. Versatile tankless water heaters were chosen for showcase homes in the area because of their ability to fit local energy demands in addition to their highly efficient performance.
Tankless water heaters are even finding their way to classic restoration homes as well. Many have been installed in Elizabeth, one of the first neighborhood established in Charlotte, North Carolina. Several of the homes chosen to appear in the town's annual Elizabeth Home and Garden Tour were selected for earning green certifications, earned by implementing tankless water heating solutions around the home.
The Cedar Valley Parade of Homes website recommends that homeowners consider the benefits of tankless water heaters. The article notes that the 20 year lifespan of tankless water heaters and energy-efficient performance make them an ideal addition to homes where families plan to settle down. The article also mentions that tankless water heaters are a fraction of the size of traditional reservoir tank models. This compact size makes tankless appliances easy to accommodate when decorating interiors.
Tankless water heaters are also great for showcase homes because they can be installed nearly anywhere. Positioning tankless water heaters near regular points of use, such as a luxurious Jacuzzi bath, will help to improve the overall efficiency of a home's water heating system. Alternatively, multiple tankless water heaters can be used to keep water temperatures level on each floor of a multi-story home. A central hot water tank to serving a large home's hot water needs may incur extra costs. Tankless units will use more energy when heated water is forced to travel through a house an entire reach the faucet or shower nozzle.