What is a tankless water heater?
Have you ever been the second or third person to take a shower only to find there is little or no hot water remaining? It is a very frustrating situation to be in, to say the least. This situation is due to traditional tank heaters only being able to hold up to their own capacity in hot water. Once the water has been depleted, it may take up to another hour before it has fully heated another tank load. This is one of the biggest advantages that a tankless heater has against a traditional heater. Because the tankless heater does not rely on a tank, the supply of hot water is endless.
How does it work?
Instead of filling a tank full of water and slowly heating it over the course of an hour, a tankless unit is able to instantly heat the water that passes through it. One may ask, how does it do this? The tankless water heater is equipped with what is known as the “heat exchanger.” As water passes through the heat exchanger, it raises in temperature until it reaches the heat level it has been programmed to attain. This heat level can be adjusted as easily as a thermostat. There is a digital board that displays the current temperature it is set at and simple up and down arrows can manipulate it.
Can a tankless water heater really save me money?
Installing a new tankless unit can be very cost-effective in the long run. The operating cost, on average, is $80-$90 a year cheaper than that of a traditional heater. This is partly due to the lower amount of gas used and also the method in which it heats. A tankless heater only heats water when it is passing through it. Because it is not heating constantly, as a traditional heater does, it saves money.
How do I know if a tankless water heater is right for me?
Whether or not a tankless heater is the right choice depends on a variety of factors. How many people live in your home? Is running out of hot water an issue? Are the long term savings worth the initial investment? How many water heaters do you currently have in your home? These are all things to consider when deciding if a tankless unit is right for you.
No two cases are exactly alike. A tankless heater may make perfect sense for one family but not for another. We are always more than happy to meet with you and help you make a decision that would be right for your situation regarding a tankless heater. We help you to weigh out the pros and cons and make a decision that you will be both confident and happy with.