With the trend towards bigger homes and greater energy efficiency, the conversation around tankless water heating systems has gotten more significant. When discussing with homeowners about a tankless water heater, here are some main points to remember.
What They Do
Unlike conventional electric hot water heaters, tankless or on-demand systems do not store hot water in a central tank for future use. Instead, they heat water only when a hot water faucet is opened. When a hot water faucet is turned-on, cold-water flows through a heat exchanger in the unit, and either a natural gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. Tankless systems can be housed in your mechanical room, but some homeowners also install units close to where there is high demand for hot water.
Lower Operating Costs
Although tankless water heaters are more expensive than a conventional unit, keeping 40 gallons of hot water or more on hand to fulfill your household needs is expensive too. So how do tankless water heaters have a lower operating cost? Tankless systems only use power when a hot water faucet is open. When you turn the faucet off, the heater shuts off. You will reduce water consumption and energy costs. According to Energy.gov, for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand (or tankless) water heaters can be 24% to 34% more energy-efficient than conventional storage-tank water heaters.
Maintenance Is Still Important
It is best to get your hot water heater serviced at least once a year. If you are living in an area where you have hard water or you keep the water temperature set up high, Tankless Hot Water Heater Maintenance should be done twice a year. Most household water sources provide “hard” water, water that has high mineral content. Hard water is bad for tankless systems. In your tankless water heater, there is an air filter that will need to be cleaned regularly.
Tankless water heaters are a great option for homeowners, landlords, and business owners. For more information, contact us today!