Why You Should Invest in a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters are making significant inroads in the water heater market and have seen major improvements over the past 10 years both in terms of design and technology. As the name suggests, these types of water heaters don’t have storage tanks but instead heat water directly when and wherever it is needed. When the hot water tap is switched on, cold water goes through a unit where it is heated by an electric element or a gas burner.
In the case of traditional water heaters, water is usually pre-heated and stored in a tank until the homeowner needs it. These types of water heaters are not only expensive to install and maintain but they also present a number of challenges to homeowners with many people opting to forego this essential home feature. However, the introduction of advanced tankless water heaters has presented a viable solution to these challenges and offered many benefits to homeowners. In this piece, we are going to take a look at some of the reasons to invest in a tankless water heater and the two main types of tankless water heaters.
1. Saves on Space
One thing that you’ll first notice about the tankless water heater is that it is extremely compact. This makes it the most ideal choice for small homes and spaces. In most urban areas, space is often limited, and in such cases, a cumbersome tank water heater only works to your disadvantage as a homeowner. If you are looking to save on space but don’t want to give up your water heater, then you should consider a tankless water heater.
2. Provides Fresh and Cleaner Water
Another benefit of installing a tankless water tank is that it provides cleaner water than traditional water heaters. Water stored in the tanks is more prone to contamination due to rust and accumulated sediments that can be present in the tanks after a long period of use.
3. Can Be Easily Installed in Any Location
Tankless water heaters have an easy installation process and due to their compact design, they can be installed in almost any location including under cabinets and small spaces in closets.
4. High Energy Efficiency Ratings
Considering that tankless water heaters heat water only when it is needed, less energy is usually lost. The Department of Energy suggests that tankless water heaters are 24 – 34% more energy-efficient than conventional water heaters. A homestead that utilizes an average of below 40 gallons of hot water per day stands to save more than $100 annually.
5. Longer Service Lifespan
One of the main reasons why you should consider switching to a tankless water heater is its durability. Tankless water heaters can operate for more than 20 years which is up to 5 to 10 years longer than what you can expect from a traditional water heater. This is attributed to the fact that unlike tank water heaters that have to operate continuously in order to ensure a steady supply of hot water, most families only use tankless water heaters for only one to two hours which reduces wear. In addition, tanks are prone to accumulate minerals such as magnesium and calcium.
Types of Tankless Water Heaters
There are two main types of tankless water heaters, and they are; point-of-use tankless water heaters and whole-house systems. Point-of-use tankless water heaters are the smaller version of the tankless water heaters and are mainly used to supply hot water to a single outlet such as the shower or kitchen sink. The point-of-use heaters typically utilize electric heaters.
Whole-house systems, on the other hand, are bigger in size and supply hot water to multiple outlets within a home. These types of tankless water heaters normally utilize gas or propane burners.
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