If you are interested in saving energy, water, space, money and want hot water on demand, then you are in the market for a tankless water heater. Let’s walk through the advantages these devices have over the traditional tank water heater you have in your basement right now and learn a little about how they work differently and more efficiently.
1. Saving Energy
Traditional water heaters store between 30 and 100 gallons of water and are working around the clock to keep that water at the desired temperature and ready for use. That means that during standby energy loss periods (the time when you are not asking for hot water but the tank is cooling anyway), you are using energy to heat the water. Tankless water heaters do not store any water and instead heat the water as needed as it flows past the heat exchanger.
2. Saving Money
Saving money goes hand in hand with saving energy. Not heating that huge tank of water 24 hours a day whether you’re using hot water or not helps to lower your utility bill. Heating all that water accounts for 30% of your current energy bill.
3. Saving Space
Because tankless water heaters do not actually store water, they take up much less space. And becasue they are so small, they can be strategically placed in your home nearest the shower or kitchen where your demand for hot water is greatest.
4. Continuous Hot Water
Never run out of hot water. Since the amount of hot water you have is now not limited to what’s in the tank, you will have an endless supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters can produce 2 to 5 gallons of hot water per minute.
How Tankless Water Heaters Work
As soon as you turn on a tap for hot water, cold water starts to flow through the unit. The burners ignite and heat the water as it passes through tubes above the flame. Although electric models are available, the best results are from units that use natural gas or propane to heat. As soon as the call for hot water ceases, the burners turn off.
If your current water heater is nearing the end of of its life expectancy or you are building a new home or are considering replacing your home’s furnace and or air conditioning systems, now is the time to consider a tankless water heater. The life expectancy is 20 years, which is a bit longer than the traditional tank. The benefits of a tankless system ought to make anyone consider replacing their current inefficient sytesm.