Tankless water heaters have been called many names including on-demand water heaters, instantaneous water heaters or tankless. They all mean the same thing, and it can save you a lot of money on heating bills every month.
Tankless water heaters are energy-efficient than conventional water heaters, and they are a smart solution for your home. Here are what to consider before investing in a tankless water heater.
How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?
When you turn on the hot water valve in your kitchen or bathroom, cold water travels through a pipe into the water heater. The small ones are heated by an electric element, while the large ones are gas-fueled.
They only work while in use and are quiet, wall-mounted, and take up much less space than the traditional water heater. Tankless water heaters use less fuel because you don’t continuously heat a tank full of water even when you don’t need it like the traditional water heaters.
What are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?
The benefits of a tankless water heater:
- They offer ‘on-demand’ or instant hot water for use.
- They use 30 to 50 percent less energy than the traditional water heater.
- They heat water only when you turn on the faucet. Because of this, it takes away the extra cost of storing 40 to 50 gallons of hot water in a storage tank. Hence, you waste less energy.
- They offer a constant supply of hot water perfect for filling a big hot tub or a whirlpool.
The disadvantage of this system is that if too many faucets are running at the same time, there may be insufficient hot water to go round the house, especially in a household where everyone gets ready at the same time in the morning.
However, there is a solution to this problem – install two tankless heaters.
How do I maintain the Tankless Water Heater?
These systems don’t require much to maintain. You don’t need to drain them periodically to prevent mineral and sludge build-up – and you don’t have to deal with corroded and leaky tanks like the traditional ones.
There are no elements that need replacement in the these tankless varieties. Once installed correctly, it can last up to 20 years without any problems.
Talk to the experts at Arctic Plumbing & Air to know more about this system, and to know the right size for your home. Also, call for the maintenance and repair of your regular water heater in the Maryland area.