Make the smarter choice with tankless water heaters

Make the smarter choice with tankless water heatersMake the smarter choice with tankless water heaters

Many homeowners go to extreme lengths to save a few pennies on their monthly utility bills. Whether they walk from room to room shutting off lights or dry their clothes outside instead of in a dryer, some people will sacrifice the convenience they worked hard for in favor of a few extra bucks.

Instead of compromising on the comfort of their houses, more homeowners are turning to tankless water heaters as a perfect marriage between savings and convenience. Though the average handyman is likely unfamiliar with these new appliances, homeowners looking to use hot water more efficiently should look into electric tankless water heaters today.

Cut the tank
Hot water heaters have come in the same general form for almost 150 years, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the current storage model doesn't quite cut the mustard when it comes to efficiency and cost-savings. Popular water heater systems with tanks typically store water in a large vessel, apply a heat source to warm it and then parse the water out as necessary.

HowStuffWorks explained that there are several drawbacks to this model. First, tank water heaters must constantly apply a flame or heated coil to the collected water. If nobody is using the shower or washing dishes, then the heater is wasting energy and money in a process known as standby heat loss. The major disadvantage of tank water heaters, though, is that when the reservoir of warm water runs out, the system may not be able to heat enough new water for a long time. This can lead to cold water in the shower and some unhappy guests.

With some advanced but inexpensive electric tankless water heaters, homeowners can supply every room of their houses with hot water whenever it's needed. These appliances eliminate the need to store and then heat water through a heat exchanger, which rapidly raises the temperature of the material passing through it. Much like how an air conditioner quickly cools air, tankless heaters use coils to warm water only as it passes through the device.

How does this save homeowners money? Tankless heaters only warm water when needed, which eliminates standby heat loss. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, families that use 41 gallons or less of hot water per day can save up to 34 percent on their utility bills. If homeowners install a point-of-use tankless water heater that controls each faucet and shower in the house, the average family can save more than $100 per year.

Tankless water heaters also ensure that everyone in the house has a chance to take a hot shower. Because there's no preset limit to the amount of water a tankless heater must store and heat prior to use, the only limit on the amount of hot water it can produce is the maximum flow setting of the model.

Most homeowners jump at the chance to purchase more energy-efficient models of appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines, and old water heaters should be no exception. Tankless heaters are the more efficient, convenient and cost-effective option for frugal and lavish homeowners alike.

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