Traditional storage tank water heaters are the most common type of water heater installed in the United States today; however, storage water heaters are not the only type of water heating option available. In recent years, tankless water heaters have been gaining popularity in U.S. homes for several reasons, including their size, convenience, efficiency, and longevity. If you’re considering water heater replacement in the near future, talk to your plumbing service about whether you might benefit from tankless water heater installation when it’s time to replace your current system.
Tankless Systems Are Smaller
Storage water heaters work by maintaining a reservoir of hot water that is ready for use at any time. If you want more hot water for your home, you typically have to purchase a water heater with a larger storage tank to prevent running out of hot water with heavy use. Particularly if you have a large home or have high hot water demands, the right storage water heater can take up a significant amount of space, affecting the remaining space you may have for storage; if your water heater is located in a finished basement or garage where there is only a limited amount of space, you may not be able to purchase a storage water heater with the capacity you want that fits in the space available. Tankless water heating systems operate in a different manner, creating hot water as you need it to meet your demands. Thus, not only will replacing your water heater with a tankless system ensure that you don’t run out of hot water, it will also take up less space because it lacks a reservoir entirely, allowing you to install a system with a much lower physical footprint.
Tankless Systems Can Save Energy
Although modern storage tank water heaters are designed with high energy efficiency in mind, all storage water heaters suffer from standby heat loss. Standby heat loss occurs when heat from the water is lost through the insulated walls of the storage tank, requiring your water heater to add additional heat to the water—and use additional fuel—to keep it at the desired temperature and ready for use. Additionally, your storage water heater will always heat a full reservoir of water, regardless of how much water you actually use. If you don’t often use a significant amount of hot water each day, you could be paying more than necessary for hot water you never actually need. By contrast, tankless water heaters create hot water on demand, only using energy to heat your water when you need it, then shutting off until the next time you turn the hot water tap. This means that not only will tankless water heater installation eliminate standby heat loss, it will ensure that you are only paying for exactly the amount of hot water you actually use as well.
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