Tankless water heaters, which some refer to as instantaneous or demand water-heating systems, are becoming very popular in the greater Indianapolis area because they enable you to conserve money and energy. Tankless water heaters don’t lose heat, or energy, the way that traditional storage-tank water heaters do. Storage-tank water heaters typically experience heat loss because it seeps through the walls of the tank and the water pipes that are storing it until you need it.
How does a tankless water heater work?
The moment that you turn on a hot-water faucet, cold water flows through the tankless system, which utilizes a gas burner or electric element to heat it. The demand unit’s energy-efficient design limits the flow rate to an average of between two and five gallons of water per minute, so you may need more than one. Here are the biggest benefits of a tankless system:
- Utility savings: According to the U. S. Department of Energy Energy Savers consumer website, if your household uses up to 41 gallons of hot water each day, tankless water heaters are as much as 24 to 34 percent more energy efficient than storage-tank water heaters. You even could attain 50 percent in energy savings by installing dedicated tankless units for each location that supplies hot water in your home, such as bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry room.
- Flexibility: Higher-capacity options that supply larger quantities of instant hot water are available, such as low-mass water heaters that run off natural gas. The best options have an electronic ignition and power-exhaust features, and you can connect them to an external storage tank.
- Environmental advantages: Tankless systems conserve water, save energy and cost less to recycle.
- Convenience: You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill in order to get hot water, so no more running out of hot water after a few people in your household take showers and you do a load of laundry. Additionally, you can use tankless units as boosters for solar water heaters or as add-ons for dishwashers, hot tubs or other remote hot-water needs. They also require much less space than traditional units.
- Long life: Tankless systems can last more than 20 years, whereas conventional storage-tank water heaters have an average life of six to 12 years.
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