According to Consumer Reports, which studied these appliances extensively, the average gas-powered tankless water heaters are approximately 40% more efficient when compared to traditional water heaters. In the right situation, a tankless water heater can be the best option for you. Here are 5 reasons you should consider going tankless.
1. NEVER RUN OUT OF HOT WATER
As long as your water usage at any given time is below the maximum allowable flow rate, tankless water heaters give an unending supply of high temp water.
Since tankless water heaters work by warming water from the external source on-demand, you could have hot water running up for 10 hours (or more), and the water would be as hot as it was when you first turned it on.
2. TAKES UP LESS SPACE
If your home or business values freeing up floor space in the basement or boiler room, tankless is a great solution to gain much needed square footage. Wall hung units take up no floor space at all, while even floor standing tankless heater units pack a large hot water punch in a much smaller package. Intellihot Neuron series, for example, combines multiple heat exchangers in one compact unit.
3. ENERGY COST/SAVINGS
This is the main advantage of tankless water heaters for many people, they are energy efficient and save you money over the long term. A tank-style water heater expends energy around the clock to maintain the temperature of gallons and gallons of water, so that hot water is ready when it’s needed.
Tankless water heaters, as their name suggests, heat water on-demand and do not have to maintain and heat a storage tank of water.
By only heating water when it’s needed, tankless water heaters do not experience standby heat loss, which occurs when heat escapes the water tank and needs constant reheating.
When a tap, shower, or appliance is turned on, cold water passes through the tankless water heater where it’s heated by either a gas-fired burner or electric coils.
Once the water is heated (this happens in seconds), the hot water travels through the pipes and out the tap.
Today’s plumbing code requires all tank-style water heaters to have a temperature and pressure relief valve that opens to release pressure and eliminate the possibility of the tank exploding.
After some time, minerals and sediment from the water can obstruct the valve and keep it from working correctly.
At the point when this pressure build-up occurs, a dangerous situation can develop and put you in danger.
With Tankless, you obviously don’t have a tank that could explode, they additionally give more exact control over the temperature so you’re less inclined to be scorched by heated water.
Tank-style heaters separate over the long run because of hard water making the internal coating of the tank rust and erode. Those minerals and particles at last advance into your water lines and open your family to destructive poisons.
Since tankless water heaters don’t store water in a holding tank, the water they disperse all through your house is more unadulterated and more secure. Download a free copy of our eBook: Mitigating Legionella Risk in Water Heaters with Safer System Design
Energy.gov recommends tankless water heaters as part of an energy efficiency plan for any business or homeowner. “Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years at most.”