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Tankless Water Heaters

While traditional "storage" water heaters are the most-used type of water heating system in homes and businesses throughout the nation, tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular among consumers. Why? Because tankless, or "instant," hot water heaters help homeowners save energy and money.


Tankless water heaterAn Instant Water Heater Produces Hot Water On Demand

A storage water heater is designed to maintain roughly 80 gallons of water at temperatures up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. This wastes energy, because it heats water that is not needed for immediate use. Conversely, an instant water heater only heats water that is needed at a particular time, thereby using less overall energy.


An instant water heater does not have a storage tank. When you turn on a hot water tap to take a hot shower, wash clothes, or wash dishes, cold water flows through a coil and into the instant water heater where it is then heated by either electricity or gas. By only generating hot water on demand, instant water heaters reduce your environmental impact as well as your energy bills.


The Many Benefits of an Instant Water Heater

Instant water heaters have numerous benefits over other types of water heating systems. For one, they do not waste unnecessary energy by keeping unneeded water hot at all times. In this way, instant water heaters do not produce the standby energy losses that storage water heaters produce. Instant water heaters also provide a continuous supply of hot water, meaning that homeowners must never wait for a storage tank to fill up with hot water. The typical American family uses roughly 40 gallons of water every day. For these families, an instant water heater can reduce energy usage by 33% when compared to a traditional water heater.


Another benefit of instant water heaters is that they are more reliable and longer-lasting than traditional water heaters. While a traditional water heater typically needs to be replaced after 15 years of use, an instant water heater can run effectively for more than 20 years. And because tankless water heaters have parts that can quickly and easily be fixed or replaced by an experienced specialist, tankless water heaters can last for decades if taken care of and regularly maintained.


Should I Buy an Instant Water Heater?

So is there a disadvantage of instant water heaters? In truth it depends on your family’s water needs. Although instant water heaters are longer-lasting and more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters, they can have a slower flow rate of hot water. What does this mean? If you have a large family with greater than normal water needs, an instant water heater may not be able to “instantly” supply hot water to multiple water sources simultaneously. In other words, you may not be able to wash dishes while running the washing machine while someone takes a hot shower. The typical instant water heater produces between two to five gallons of hot water every minute, which may be insufficient for larger families.


Luckily there is a way for even the largest of families to receive the benefits of instant water heaters without reducing hot water use. Families with increased hot water needs can simply install more than one instant water heater in their home. A specialist can install a single unit dedicated to a specific appliance, such as a washing machine or dishwasher. Or a specialist can connect more than one tankless water heaters in parallel for simultaneous hot water demands. It’s up to you! Installing more than one instant water heater will actually result in even more energy savings – up to 50 percent!


Finding the Perfect Instant Water Heater for your Needs

While tankless water heaters usually cost more than traditional water heaters, they will most certainly cost less to operate. Before you buy a tankless water heater for your home or business, consult with a specialist regarding the appropriate size, heating element (electric or gas), and the unit’s potential energy efficiency.


If your family is small and your water needs are modest, you do not need the largest tankless water heater on the market. The type of heating element you choose may depend on the electric and natural gas rates in your state. A water heater’s energy efficiency is based on three factors: 1) how efficiently it heats water, 2) the percentage of energy lost from storing water (which does not apply to tankless water heaters, as there is no storage tank), and 3) the amount of heat lost as water circulates through the unit.


Is Water Heater Replacement in your Future? If so, Choose an Instant Water Heater!

If your current water heater is outdated or needs to be replaced, an instant water heater may be the best option for your home or business. Instant water heaters can save thousands and thousands of dollars over the unit’s lifetime. What’s more, instant water heaters provide a simple, hassle-free way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. Lower your energy usage, energy bills, and environmental impact by installing an instant water heater today!

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