Do you lament having to pay high utility bills for heating water? Maybe you should consider a tankless water heater as an alternative to a large tank model. You can save up to 50% in your water heating energy use by upgrading from a storage tank to tankless water heaters at each fixture. Before jumping on the tankless water heater trend, you need to understand how these systems work and how to get the greatest savings from them.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
The secret to the energy savings of tankless water heater lies in how it works. Storage tank units must keep 40 to 80 gallons of water heated throughout the day in case you need it. However, tankless models heat the water as it passes through. The average family that uses 41 daily gallons of hot water can see savings up to 34% with a single tankless heater.The closer to your water heater your fixture is, the faster you will experience hot water. Therefore, the best way to get the most water heated quickly is to install these models near each plumbing appliance that uses hot water. For instance, placing one in each bathroom and one in each of the laundry room and kitchen. When used in this configuration, you don’t have to worry about the water flow of up to five gallons a minute of running out if you have multiple appliances that require hot water running at once
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heater models use less energy since they don’t constantly warm gallons of water. Plus, they fit into smaller spaces. Additionally, you can use these models to provide hot water for remote locations such as vacation homes or spare bathrooms and not worry about wasting energy to produce hot water when you don’t need it.
What Types of Homes Benefit Most from These Water Heaters?
While all homes can benefit from energy savings by switching to tankless, some homes that use hot water rarely see even greater savings. The best uses for these water heaters are in homes that would have energy wasted from storage tank models because the residents don’t use hot water throughout the day. For example, if you have a beach house or guest suite, a tankless water heater only heats water when the hot water system turns on, reducing heating costs and saving money.Plus, if you have electricity, your home may not get the most from a tankless model, which typically requires gas for heating. Talk to a professional installer to find out if your home can benefit from using one or more tankless heaters.
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