Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters:

                  

All those steamy hot showers you enjoy so much? They're costing you big-time. Hot water is the US consumer's third largest energy expense, accounting for around 12% of the average utility bill. A water heater upgrade is one way to cut costs. But it also leads to the question of whether to replace it with another traditional storage tank heater, or to opt for a tankless water heater. Should you or shouldn't you?

 

 

 

 

A conventional water heater draws hot water from a thermostatically-controlled storage tank that refills automatically. The entire tank of hot water is held on standby 24/7. A lot of energy is gobbled up keeping the temperature constant, replacing hot water you've used and compensating for heat lost to the surrounding environment.

 A tankless heater, on the other hand, conserves energy because it doesn't keep hot water in reserve. Instead, water is heated on an as-needed basis, routed through a powerful heating unit whenever a hot water faucet is turned on. Typically gas-fired (although you can buy electric versions, too), tankless heaters depend on electronic sensors to detect and regulate water temperature and flow. 

BENEFITS OF TANKLESS WATER HEATERS

When it comes to space efficiency, energy efficiency, and durability, tankless water heaters can't be beat. 

Tankless heaters are appealingly space-efficient, consisting of just a compact rectangular unit attached to the wall. Compare that to storage tank heaters, which typically hold 20 to 80 gallons of water. For homeowners with space limitations, tankless just makes more sense.

 

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