If you’re looking to install a new water heater for your house, don’t overlook the modern convenience of tankless hot water heaters. Water heating isn’t as glamorous as the latest flat screen TV or gaming console, but it’s an essential component of any home and can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
Since its invention in the mid-twentieth century, the traditional tank water heater has served homeowners well. Water is heated in a storage tank until hot water faucets are turned on and it’s ready to be used. Since the tank levels never change, there is always plenty of hot water available for its users.
The issue with this technology is that it wastes energy, since the entire tank must be heated even if you need hot water for only one person at a time. Tankless heaters save up to 50% on heating costs because they heat just as much as you need, when you need it.
Unlike conventional heaters which have electric power cords or natural gas hookups, these new appliances are powered by solar panels or electricity from home generators. Water is heated in a series of coils and stored without losing its heat energy. When you need hot water, it flows to the tap and stays hot for hours because there’s no tank to drain.
While they cost more than tank heaters up front, these cost-saving appliances can pay for themselves in two years or less based on your utility bills. The only additional costs are installation fees, which may be lower if you have an existing water heater that must be moved to accommodate the new model.
Just as with other household appliances, a tankless water heater comes in a variety of sizes to meet different needs. Consult an appliance retailer or contractor about how much capacity is needed based on usage patterns and family size. There are small models for one-person homes, others for small families, and large capacity models for larger households with multiple bathrooms.
Since their initial development in Japan in the 1920s, tankless heaters have improved greatly in efficiency and safety. Homeowners who once viewed this technology as unproven now agree that these appliances are just as reliable as traditional water heaters. They’re sold by major retailers throughout North America, so you can install them yourself or hire a professional to complete the installation if desired.
You’ll enjoy instant hot water whenever you want it, even when there’s no tank full of preheated water available. The risk of scalding is also reduced since each faucet has its own separate heating unit near it instead of relying on water that’s been sitting in a large tank. You can still use your conventional water heater if you want, but the benefits of the new models make this technology an excellent choice for those looking to make their homes more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
This article was written by Water Heater Rescue, one of several outstanding partners featured on Great Day Washington .
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Water heaters are the most ignored component of a home comfort system – until they break. We can help you make the right choice for your needs, whether it is a simple storage tank or the most efficient tankless unit.
Tankless Water Heaters
With Tankless Water Heaters, you get heat-on-demand technology and an endless supply of hot water whenever and wherever it’s needed – even for simultaneous uses at multiple fixtures.
Benefits Of Going Tankless
· Designed for efficiency
Tankless technology uses copper heat exchangers to provide maximum efficiency and uses far less energy than a traditional tank.
· Save energy
By operating only when hot water is needed, and no storage tank to heat and reheat water, tankless technology helps save on energy and utility costs.
· A smart investment
Increase your home’s value with premium technology and increased energy efficiency. Energy efficiency rebates and tax credits, if available, also offer the opportunity to help make your purchases more affordable.
· Maximum output, minimum space
About the size of a small suitcase, wall-mounted models can be installed on interior or exterior walls and in compact spaces to free up valuable space.
· Flexible installation
Small size allows for installation in non-traditional spaces such as crawl spaces and attics, making it perfect for use in any size home.