The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. For one, since there is no stored hot water that requires constant reheating like traditional tank systems, you can save up to 40% of your current water heating bill. The ability to use less expensive PVC venting, flexible installation options and superior construction quality also makes tankless water heaters a great value & investment.
There is nothing wrong with those big tank water heaters, right? Unless, of course, you worry about waking up to a little lake in your home when the bottom corrodes out. Or you were looking for a little extra room for a closet, computer nook or storage, but that big tank filled up the space. And then there is the fact that you are constantly heating water, even when you’re not home–not very environmentally-friendly! It’s time to take a closer look at technology that is safe, efficient, and convenient while meeting the needs of your home and the planet. But first, a little explanation as to how tankless water heaters work.
1. A hot water tap is turned on.
2. Cold water enters the heater & the flow sensor detects the water flow.
3. The computer automatically ignites the burner.
4. Water circulates through the heat exchanger. The burner heats the water to the designated temperature.
5. The tankless water heater provides a continuous stream of hot water. When the tap is turned off, the unit shuts off.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
So as you can imagine, a tankless water heater has several advantages over a tank system. Some of the benefits of tankless water heaters over traditional tank systems are:
Cleaner water. As years pass, traditional tank-type water heaters start to rust and build up scale inside the tank, which is where your hot water is being stored for use. A tankless heats water as it passes through the unit, so you will never have to use hot water that has been stored in an old rusty tank.
Continuous hot water. A tankless water heater heats water on demand, so that means no storage or shortage of hot water. Enjoy continuous hot water–great for families, there is no more compromising on hot water usage or scheduling your family’s bathing times.
Space savings. Tankless hot water heaters take up significantly less room than traditional water heaters. They can be mounted on a wall or installed indoors or outdoors.
Federal tax credits and utility rebates. By heating water only when you need it, ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heaters save the typical family more than $100 per year on gas bills compared to a standard storage model. Larger families can save even more. Tankless water heaters that meet ENERGY STAR qualifications are eligible for a federal tax credit of $300. In addition to the federal tax credit, many local utility companies are recognizing the benefits of tankless water heaters and are encouraging their use through rebates.
Longer-lasting. Tankless water heaters last longer than traditional tank water heaters and are usually backed with a 12-year warranty.
So as you can see, a tankless water heater has several advantages over a traditional tank system. Overall, in this day and age, tankless water heaters just make sense. If you have any questions or interest in tankless water heater technology, our staff at Jesus Is Lord Plumbing Company will be happy to assist with your transition from tank to tankless.