Why You Need A Tankless Water Heater best design for your Bathroom
Hot water makes life easier. With hot water, baths and showers are soothing and refreshing. Getting clothes clean is easier with hot water. Hot water disinfects and sanitizes the dishes we eat from. All of these activities could be done with cold water but hot water makes it so much easier.
With the invention of hot water heaters, households and businesses had easy access to hot water. Hot water came right out of the tap. No more heating up pots of water on a stove or over a fire. Today, there are basically two types of hot water heating systems, the tank system and the tankless system. The similarity between the two is that they both heat water. The differences between the two make the tankless water heater superior to the tank water heater.
Types of Water Heaters
There are many advantages to tankless water heaters. One of the biggest is that hot water does not run out. It’s easy to drain a hot water tank of all its hot water if hot water is being used for multiple reasons at the same time. Water refilling the tank is cold when it enters the tank and will require some time to heat before it will be hot and ready for use again. The design of a tankless system keeps the water at a constant temperature.
Tank water heaters are bulky and take up space that could be used for something else. Tankless water heating systems are usually mounted on walls. They also do not rely on open-flame pilots so this means they can be mounted in places where conventional tank heaters cannot.
Advantages of Going Tankless
Longevity is another important advantage of tankless systems. Tank water heaters usually last about ten years at most. Often, if a tank is not heating water properly, the entire tank will need to be replaced. With a tankless system, parts are available and most tankless systems have a life expectancy of around twenty years.
Tankless water heaters are also safer than tank systems. As stated above, tankless systems do not require open-flame pilots. The danger of scalding is less with a tankless system because they are equipped with digital temperature settings. On a tank heater, this precision does not exist.
Energy efficiency is another area where tankless systems prevail. With a tank system, the water in the heater is constantly undergoing heating so that a supply of hot water is available. With tankless systems, water is only heated as needed. Also, Energy Guide tags show that tankless systems have higher energy factors. Tankless systems rate in the eighties while tank systems are in the low sixties.
Tank water heating systems served us well for many, many years. However, things change with time. Today, people are concerned about energy efficiency and safety. They also have busy lives and do not want to wait for the hot water tank to heat up again. As others downsize or find themselves moving into close quarters, space savings become important. And, for most of us, if we are going to spend money, we don’t want to spend it on a new hot water heater. For all of these reasons, a tankless hot water heating system is the way to go.
Author : Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as furnace repair in Boulder.