Megan McArdle has made a rare Saturday post to ask a question of her faithful readers:
We'd like to put in a tankless water heater, for a number of reasons: it's environmentally sound, it will lower our electricity bill, and I'd like to be able to run a nice, hot full bath.
The problem is, we don't know anything about tankless water heaters: what to look for, what brands are good, or whether they're a bad idea. So I'm throwing the question out to my ever-helpful readers. Is this a good idea? And if so, how does one go about finding a good heater?
"Environmentally sound"? Since when does McArdle, who just mocked electric car buyers, care about the environment? I can believe she wants to pay less for electricity although by all Galtian rights she should have invented a magic perpetual motion machine and not mooch off the intellectual labor of other, superior men and women. (Fake) libertarians never want to pay for the services they use.
My own advice would be to look up information on the internet for water heaters, tank and tankless, compare the costs and benefits, and make a decision, but conservatives are uneasy with thinking for themselves, and prefer to find someone else to do it for them or just skip that process altogether. They like to close their eyes, make a guess, and hope for the best. After all, nobody knows anything ever so failure is the best road to success. If McArdle makes the wrong decision she can just pay to fix her mistake and then make the correct choice, since the only way to learn is through trial and error. We realize that McArdle prefers for others to pay for her mistakes, such as supporting war and economic ruin, but she might have a hard time finding someone to take responsibility for this decision. Ordinarily a wife would look to her husband for assistance, but P. Suderman's expertise seems to lie elsewhere.
UPDATE: McMegan comments:
So my husband informs me that we have a gas water heater, not electric; we live in an older house with what seems to be copper piping, and our water doesn't seem to be unusually hard.
"Seems to be" copper piping? She had her home inspected, doesn't she know the material and condition of her pipes? Is she assuming that her one hundred year old rowhouse still has its copper piping and that it's all in good repair?