Like many homeowners, you are probably tired of running out of hot water because of years of constantly using your hot water tank. The biggest choice homeowners have to make regarding new hot water tanks is choosing tank or tankless water heaters. Many of our clients at Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas choose to install tankless water heaters in Mission. This type of water heater is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits.
What makes tankless water heaters so popular?
Unlike tank water heaters, tankless heating systems only heat water on demand. The tankless water heaters feature powerful burners or heating elements that activate when water flows through them. This means they can produce hot water for prolonged periods while saving energy when not on demand. Tankless water heaters save on water and electricity. Consider various factors before installing a tankless water heater, including:
- Your existing plumbing
- Your usage habits
- Your plumbing fixtures
Operation of a tank water heater
Many homeowners are familiar with the operation of tank water heating systems. They operate fine, but they are not energy efficient. The hot water inside a tank water heating system often ends up cooling with time, regardless of the tank's insulation. There is a constant cycle of cooling and reheating the water inside the tank, which consumes lots of energy and costs money. Tank water heating systems experience constant heat loss, which can drive up your energy bills. Some homes consume more energy on water heating that heating the entire house.
How do tankless water heaters work?
Tankless water heaters do not have the shortcomings of conventional hot water tanks. They are more energy-efficient and provide a constant supply of hot water on demand. Tankless water heaters feature gas burners or electrical elements that heat water quickly at the time of use. They eliminate the need for constant storage and reheating of water, significant shortcomings of the tank water heater. It makes sense to have hot water only when you need it. In addition, eliminating standby heat loss usually results in low energy bills.
Tankless water heaters do not just eliminate standby heat loss, but they also utilize fuel more efficiently. These water-heating systems modulate fuel use, which means they only use the amount of fuel they need to heat water at specific flow rates. For instance, the amount of energy used to heat water coming out of a 1gpm faucet is different from the one coming out of a 5gpm. Tankless water heaters can reduce homes' heating costs by up to 50 percent.
There are two main types of tankless water heaters:
- Whole-house heaters or central units
- Point of use heaters
At Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas, we advise our clients to choose the variety that meets their fixtures and household water usage demands. However, some homeowners prefer to install both systems with the point of use heater supplementing the whole house heater. Please call us today to learn more about our tankless water heaters and the best option for you.