Tankless Water Heaters 101

Posted on February 7, 2013 by noritz

When it comes to hot water, a lot of people have a love-hate relationship. Everybody loves the feeling of a nice hot shower, especially on a winter morning. A a soak in a hot bubble bath can be one of the most relaxing experiences on earth. But with most water heaters, you’ll often find yourself jumping back when you find out that the water isn’t hot yet, even after running for a minute or more – and filling up that bath tub could exhaust your hot water supply completely. That’s why more and more people are choosing a tankless water heater.

If you’re not familiar with what a tankless water heater offers, it’s worth taking a look. Most water heaters have a large tank or reservoir where water is stored as it’s heated. This is where most of the problems with hot water come from. The assumption is that you won’t need too much hot water all at once, and the tank will be plenty. But in reality if you like long showers or run a dishwasher, you might find yourself left in the cold. The tankless water heater skips the whole problem. It doesn’t put a limit on your supply, instead heating water instantly any time you turn on the hot faucet.

Because there’s no limit to your hot water, a tankless water heater makes for serious luxury. Many family households might take three, four or more showers a day – often one after another – as well as running the laundry and dishwasher. When you go tankless, this is no longer a mad competition over who gets to go first. Everybody wins.

Going tankless is also good for your wallet. Tankless water heaters are remarkably efficient, designed to heat water in seconds, and only when it’s needed. They can be 20% more energy efficient than conventional water heaters, leading to savings on energy bills every month.

The tankless water heater is becoming more popular than ever. Is it time for you to make the switch?

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