Making the Switch to Tankless Water Heaters

There are a lot of problems that come with traditional water heaters. For instance, you may have experienced getting a cold surprise midway through your shower. On the contrary, you may have scalded yourself after turning the hot tap on. These pesky mishaps are normal when you have a traditional water heater but are virtually eradicated with the help of tankless water heaters. Not only are you supplied with water at a constant temperature, but tankless water heaters are so energy saving and can give you considerable savings in the long run.

How do tankless water heaters work?

This type of electric heater is actually very compact, set to a specific temperature, and can be attached on the side of your home. By turning the hot faucet, the flow of water activates the heater and the water that flows out of the tap is heated automatically. But because of this mechanism, the heater only works whenever you turn your hot faucet on. Traditional water heaters make use of electricity even when on standby which accounts for why they consume more electricity than their tankless equivalents. There is no need to store water that requires heating and re-heating with tankless water heaters.

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Homes that require a maximum of 41 gallons of hot water on a daily basis, tankless water heaters are estimated to be 24 to 34 percent more efficient than the traditional ones while homes that use around 86 gallons of hot water each day can benefit from an 8 to 14 percent increase in efficiency. ENERGY STAR even claims that families with tankless water heaters can save at least $100 annually on their electric bills. However, you need to be wary about purchasing tankless water heaters since the gas-fired varieties require a standing pilot light which leads to higher flow rates as compared to the electric type.

Costs and Maintenance

While the cost and installation of this type of water heating system adds up to a figure way beyond what you would spend with a traditional water heater, it has been proven that tankless water heaters last longer. In fact, this type of water heater can last for up to 20 years, a solid investment for any type of household. At the same time, it’s rather easy to find replaceable parts for tankless water heaters. On the contrary, traditional heaters which store water only have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

The writer , Jeannie Conner, has been in plumbing industry for over 10 years. She gives insights for all your plumbing repair needs.

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