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Tankless Water Heater 101
What are tankless water heaters? Why has it become such a huge hit to homeowners? These water heaters are also known as demand-type or instantaneous. Hot water comes out only when you need it. This makes them energy-efficient as they don’t use up standby energy. These may not be the best option for those who are not willing to spend much when it comes to their water heating equipment, but in the long run, you save more money.
Consider this article as a 101 on tankless water heaters. Below are a few facts that will help you with your buying decision.
They don’t need storage tanks.
This type of water heater does not need a storage tank like traditional ones. How it works is the cold water goes through a pipe every single time the hot water tap is used.
An electric element like gas heats the water.
This allows tankless water heaters to have a constant supply of hot water anytime. Say goodbye to waiting for a storage tank to have enough hot water before you get to use it. The only downside is that the output of this type of water heater sets limitations to its flow rate.
Tankless water heaters can provide up to almost 16 liters of water per minute.
This is one of its greatest advantages. Depending on the type, there could be variations on the flow rates. For example, electric ones do not produce better flow rates compared to gas-fired ones. Nevertheless, there can still be real challenges when it comes to simultaneous use inside the household. The best thing to do is to install two or more tankless water heaters. You can connect them in parallel to cater to simultaneous use.
You can have energy savings for as much as 50%.
A family can save up to $100 or more on their utility bills if they use tankless water heaters. They may cost more compared to the traditional ones, but they last way longer. Life expectancy is at 20 or more years.
Their parts are replaceable.
This makes them last longer. Any broken parts can just be bought from either the manufacturer or from HVAC companies who service the water heater.
Correct Installation and maintenance will optimize the use of your tankless water heaters.
There are many factors that will affect installation. It will depend on fuel type, safety issues, local requirements on billing code, climate and others. You need to make sure that your HVAC company is qualified. Ask for cost estimates and references. Better yet, it is best to check with the Better Business Bureau to see how they conduct business.
It may be okay to do the installation yourself, but always make sure that you get consultation first from your manufacturer. However, it is best to contact a company that will do this for you, to ensure your equipment is not affected as well as for your safety. Contact Ardmore Fresh Air today at (847) 792-1019 if you have more questions about tankless water heater installation and maintenance.