Whether you need to replace your water heater or you are simply curious
about your options in the future, tankless water heater technology is
worth exploring. Unlike standard storage water heaters, tankless water
heaters provide hot water "on demand" only when the hot water
tap is opened. This function offers many benefits, particularly if you
are interested in reducing your water and energy usage for savings on
your utility bills. Keep reading to find out more about tankless water
heater technology, how it is different, and how it could benefit you.
How Tankless Water Heaters Work
Tankless water heaters heat water only when it is needed. When the hot
water tap is opened, cold water flows into the unit and is rapidly heated
to the desired temperature, then allowed to flow through your plumbing
into your home. Most tankless water heaters are gas-fired, meaning gas
burners heat a heat exchanger to warm the water. By contrast, a storage
water heater keeps a large tank of water at the desired temperature all
the time, adding heat whenever too much is lost through the walls of the
tank. Thus, tankless water heaters have the major benefit of using energy
only when you want hot water, rather than on a 24-hour basis. On average,
tankless water heaters are
8-34% more efficient than storage water heaters depending upon your home's hot water usage.
Tankless Water Heater Considerations
Although tankless water heaters may seem like the solution to all your
hot water problems, there are some factors you should consider before
replacing your storage water heater. Tankless water heaters do represent
a greater initial cost, even though they will save you money over the
long term. Therefore, it's important to determine your financial situation
before you consider going tankless. If you have a limited short-term budget,
storage water heaters cost less to purchase and install upfront.
On the other hand, every component in a tankless water heater is replaceable,
greatly extending the lifetime of the appliance past that of a storage
water heater. Your entire storate water heater must be replaced when the
tank corrodes over time, which is often inevitable. If you are concerned
about the long-term cost of your water heater, a tankless water heater
will far outlast a storage water heater because failed parts can be replaced
one at a time, rather than replacing the entire unit.
Tankless water heaters are available in whole-home and
point-of-use models, allowing for greater versatility in some cases. Point-of-use tankless
water heaters can be used in conjunction with whole-home storage or tankless
models. They are ideal for home additions, fixtures that are far away
from your whole-home water heater, and areas of your home that don't
use hot water very frequently.
Seeking professional advice regarding your hot water and water heater needs
will help you make the best choice for your Detroit home. Take a look
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