Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
Have you considered how a tankless water heater could improve your home’s energy efficiency? Multiple benefits are associated with exchanging traditional water heaters for these systems. Read about the perks of tankless water heaters and decide for yourself if this system could be a worthwhile investment for your home.
How Do They Work?
Instead of heating the water and storing it in a tank for future use, a tankless system heats as needed. The water passes through the heating components, powered by either gas or electricity, and travels directly to the faucet in use.
Since it provides a constant supply of hot water, tankless systems have no refill wait time like a storage-based system does. However, the tankless heater can only process so much at one time. While the flow is steady, calling upon one tankless heater to supply multiple home faucets may be too much for it to handle. To get around this issue, some homeowners opt to install more than one tankless system to process household hot water demand.
The less hot water used day to day, the higher the return on investment for property owners. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless heaters installed in homes that regularly consume 41 gallons of water or fewer on a daily basis increase energy efficiency by up to 34 percent. If the residence uses more hot water – approximately 86 gallons or more – it still increases energy efficiency by up to 14 percent. Energy Star ratings prove the average household will save approximately $100 per year on energy costs after installing a tankless system.
With constant care and maintenance, storage-based systems last for 10 to 15 years in a best-case scenario. Tankless water heaters are known to last for 20 years and possibly more, extending the homeowner’s investment.
Over time, storage tanks begin to corrode on the interior. The flecks of rust can enter the supply, causing an unpleasant taste and murky color. Tankless systems process fluid only when needed, providing fresh, clean water on demand.
Less Space Requirements
Tankless systems, in contrast to storage tanks, are much smaller. They can be installed in tight closet spaces anywhere in the home, although the closer the system is located to the faucets, the more efficient they are. When structuring a new home build, installing a tankless heating system can help property owners save space.
Contact Ed Gardner Plumbing to update your current system by investing in a tankless water heater and see the savings and benefits pile up from year to year.