Save Water and Electricity with a Tankless Water Heater!
Did you know that your hot water heater is the second highest energy using appliance in your home?
Tankless water heaters have become increasingly in demand because of their efficiency as well as their water and electrical savings. According to the National Association of Home Builders, tankless systems can cut 10 to 20% off your water-heating bill.
How do traditional tank water heaters work?
With traditional water heaters, 20-80 gallons of water are stored in a large tank, and continuously heated 24 hours a day to a set temperature. The problem with this is that you are paying for the electricity to heat the water even when you are away at work for 8 hours. Would you ever leave your house for the day and leave all the lights on? Then why pay to heat water around the clock when you’re not using it?
One other challenge with traditional water heaters is that it has a limited supply of hot water. Ever run out of hot water in the shower? This is because as you use up the stored supply of hot water in your tank, cold water enters the tank mixing with the heated water resulting in….you guessed it, a cold shower!
How do tankless water heaters differ?
Hot water when you need it!
No more large bulky tanks! A tankless water heater does not store water at all. It simply heats water when you need it. Water runs through a heating element in the device, heating as much water as you need. When you turn the faucet off, the heating element shuts off. You will have a continuous supply of hot water which means….no more cold showers! A traditional tank water heater on the other hand, can take up to one hour to restore hot water.
Because you are only heating the water that you need, tankless water heaters are estimated to save up to 20% of your water heating bill.
In addition to the energy savings from not having to heat water 24/7, you will also save water because you no longer have to let the water run to get hot.
Another benefit is their size. Tankless water heaters are very compact, weighing approximately 25 pounds (compared to a traditional 50 gallon water heater weighing approx. 120 lbs. empty and 540 lbs. with water) Tankless water heaters only take up about 2 sq. ft. of space and can easily be mounted on a wall or under a cabinet or sink.
No risk of flooding from a tank leak or rupture
With traditional water heaters, there is always the risk of a flood from your tank rupturing. Water heater failures are one of the leading causes of water damage claims in residential properties, costing an average of $4,400 per incident according to a study by the Institute for Business and Home Safety.
It is easy to see why so many homeowners are choosing tankless water heaters!
Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater:
- Last 5-10 years longer than traditional tank water heaters
- Never run out of hot water
- Reduced electricity, as much as 20% from your water heating bill
- Saves water- no more wasted water from letting water run to get hot
- Compact size, can be mounted under cabinets or in a closet
- No possibility of flooding like traditional tank water heaters which can leak and rupture
- Cleaner water- Scale and sediment can build up in traditional tank heaters
- Federal tax rebates are available on tankless water heaters