Benefits of Going TanklessImagine never running out of hot water. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take a shower with an unlimited supply of hot water without the possibility of it turning cold at any minute? Or slipping into a warm luxurious bubble bath without finding yourself sitting in tepid water? Using a tankless water heater is the only way that this can this be achieved. Also called “on demand” or “instantaneous” water heaters, tankless water heaters only heat water when needed and thus do not have a tank that runs out of water (as is the case with conventional water heaters). Consumers across the country are realizing that tankless water heaters not only provide continuous on-demand hot water, but also a substantial cost and space savings. Conventional hot water tanks often fail to have enough hot-water capacity to fill 60- or 80-gallon bathtub. However, when using a tankless water heater when a hot water tap is opened, sensors in the heater kick-on to activate the heating elements, which then allow the heater to deliver a constant supply of hot water. Some benefits to owning a tankless water heater include:
- Saving Energy: A conventional water heater uses up to 20 percent or more of a household’s annual energy cost. It also loses from 10 to 20 percent of the annual water heating cost because of the heated water just sitting in the tank. This water is constantly being heated and therefore using energy for water not in use. On the other hand, a tankless heater uses energy only to heat the water when a faucet or appliance is turned on. When not in use, the water heater is off. Many tankless water heaters will save a household anywhere from 25 to 45 percent in energy expenditures.
- Space Saving: Tankless water heaters save space with no need for a bulky tank and can be installed virtually anywhere in the house. Equipment life may be longer than tank-type heaters because they are less subject to corrosion. The expected life of a tankless water heater is 20 years, compared with 10 to 15 years for conventional water heaters.
- More Water: Tankless water heaters have an electric, gas, or propane heating device that is activated by the flow of water. The maximum flow rate at a desired temperature will be determined by the capacity of the heater. Gas tankless water heaters typically have larger capacities than electric tankless water heaters. In most cases, electric tankless water heaters will cost more to operate than gas tankless water heaters. Though tankless water heaters can operate on electricity, gas-powered heaters tend to deliver hot water at higher rates and are recommended for houses with more than two bathrooms.
- Go Green: Tankless water heaters have improved environmental performance over conventional water heaters due to their decreased energy consumption. Other environmental benefits reside in the decreased material use resulting in less manufacturing, lower transportation and storage requirements, and less landfill volume.
Source: Diverse Solutions