A tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater or instantaneous water heater, is a type of water heating system that provides hot water without the use of a storage tank. Instead of storing a large volume of hot water, like traditional storage tank water heaters, tankless water heaters heat water on demand as it flows through the unit. Here are some key features and benefits of tankless water heaters:
- Energy Efficiency: Tankless water heaters are known for their energy efficiency. They only heat water when it is needed, which reduces energy consumption compared to continuously heating and storing hot water in a tank. This can lead to lower utility bills and reduced energy waste.
- Continuous Hot Water: Tankless water heaters provide a continuous supply of hot water. As long as the unit can meet the heating demand, you won’t run out of hot water, which is especially beneficial for householdswith high hot water usage.
- Space Savings: Tankless units are compact and wall-mounted, saving valuable space in your home. This can be advantageous for homes with limited storage space or those looking to free up space occupied by a traditional water heater.
- Longevity: Tankless water heaters tend to have a longer lifespan than traditional storage tank water heaters. They can last up to 20 years or more with proper maintenance, while storage tank units typically last around 10-15 years.
- Reduced Risk of Water Damage: Since tankless units do not store large amounts of water, there is a reduced risk of water damage from leaks or burst tanks.
- Choice of Fuel Sources: Tankless water heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane, providing flexibility in choosing the most suitable energy source for your home.
- Zoning and Multiple Units: In larger homes or buildings with varying hot water demands, it’s possible to install multiple tankless water heaters in different areas or “zones” to meet specific needs. This can help optimize energy use and hot water distribution.
- Precise Temperature Control: Tankless water heaters often come with digital temperature controls, allowing you to set the water temperature to your preference with high precision.
- Reduced Standby Heat Loss: Traditional water heaters can lose heat through the tank’s insulation, even when hot water is not being used. Tankless units eliminate this standby heat loss.
- Environmental Impact: Tankless water heaters are considered more environmentally friendly due to their energy efficiency, reduced water waste, and longer lifespan, which can reduce the overall carbon footprint.
When considering a tankless water heater for your home, it’s essential to assess your hot water needs, evaluate your energy source options, and call our team at (360) 515-4779 and we can help determine the appropriate unit size and model for your specific requirements.