Benefits Of Having a Tankless Water Heater In Your Home
Many homeowners renovate or upgrade appliances in order to save a little money or to make their home environmentally friendly. A tankless water heater can help to achieve both of those goals, while also freeing up some extra space - essential in smaller homes or apartments.
Tankless water heaters are essentially a heater and pump combined. They perform all the usual functions of a water heater with one main difference: They are compact and have no holding tank. The water heater only draws water as needed, and it heats and pumps it all in one go. This can mean quite a bit of savings over time, as energy is not spent heating gallons and gallons of water that may sit in the tank until it's cool and need to be reheated.
Tankless water heaters have a higher up-front investment. However, they can save more money and energy over time than a traditional tanked heater, plus they typically last longer, on the order of 20 years compared with 10-12 for a tanked heater.
Tankless heaters come in two types; electric and gas. The electric demand water heaters are typically a bit weaker when it comes to high water usage, but they make up for it in efficiency compared to the gas-fired demand heaters, which can waste energy through keeping the pilot light lit. To reduce waste, the pilot light can also serve as a heating element.
In homes with high water usage (41 gallons or more per day) the tankless water heater can be up to 35% more efficient than a traditional heater, and in cases of high hot water usage, it can be 15% more efficient. The US Department of Energy estimates that a family could save $100 per year in energy costs by installing a tankless water heater. For homes with high water usage, especially in cold areas, it's recommended to install tankless heaters in tandem or at each hot water outlet to ensure efficient supply.
Overall, for savings and efficiency the tankless heater is definitely something to consider for home upgrades. Are you thinking about getting a new tankless water heater for your South Windsor home? Call The Water Heater Medic at (860) 896-3342 and get started today!