What Is A Tankless Water Heater?

On-demand hot water

Every day people use their water heaters; whether it’s taking a shower or doing a load of dishes, hot water is necessary to keep the house running. Unfortunately, the proof of this shows up on the power bill. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 30% of a homeowner’s monthly power charges can be attributed to power used by the water heater. Since it’s not an option to get rid of the water heater, what can you do to make your water heater more energy efficient, says the Santa Cruz plumbing experts?

A tankless water heater, also referred to as an on demand water heater, is designed to provide hot water as soon as the hot water faucet is turned on without keeping gallons of water in the tank. This process is driven by a computer system inside of the unit, which turns a burner on and heats the cold water running through the pipes in the heater. Once the faucet is turned off, the computer shuts the water heater down.

There are many benefits to having a tankless water heater, according to your local Santa Cruz plumber.  The unit itself is very compact and takes up a minimal amount of room. This makes it a versatile option for many different types of living situations; apartments, houses, etc. Because there isn’t a tank full of water, these units are energy efficient and provide cleaner water. A tankless water heater will never cause a flood because there is no tank at risk of rupturing and they normally last approximately 10 years longer than a tank heater.

While a tankless water heater will initially cost more than a regular tank water heater, in the long run a tankless heater can save a homeowner approximately 20 to 40 percent on their power bill. Additionally, tankless water heaters come available in both electric and gas. In general, a gas powered tankless water heater will cost less to run than an electric one, and will heat the water up quicker.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS:  When deciding which size of tankless water heater to purchase, homeowners or landlords will need to consider the number of people and of appliances that will be needing hot water.  The initial investment of a tankless water heater is substantial, however, in the long run they are more energy efficient, better for the environment, last longer, and save money on the power bill.

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  1. Hank East says

    Scott, I had no idea that tankless water heaters were more affordable because they are much more energy efficient. Our house tends to get very cold in the winter, so hot water is always necessary. I definitely think that we should look into finding a heater that could properly suit our consumption.

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