Your water heater is an essential piece of your home. It is the source of hot water for everything from the shower, to the dishwasher. If you are using one that isn’t as efficient as it could be, you are potentially racking up your gas bill every month, far above what it should be.
The most common tank water heater wastes more energy than you may realize. Even those that are rated as energy efficient are using more power than a tank-less hot water heater. Consider switching over to this model to lessen the impact on the environment, and your monthly bill.
How it works
Instead of storing and heating a large amount of water, usually around 40 to 50 gallons, a tankless hot water heater only heats a small amount at a time, and at the time you need it. The heaters are high powered to warm the water you need at once, rather than over time heating up a large amount of water. The only water that is kept in the device past its use is what gets trapped in the heat exchanger coil.
Where a tank water heater will be set up in one point of the house, a tank-less hot water heater can be installed throughout the home, at key points depending on how large the home is. It could be set in one central location, but this may not be as effective as spreading it to multiple locations.
For those who have ever run out of hot water while showering, the tank-less system will take away that problem. Because the smaller amount of water is heated instantly, the supply can continue. For the traditional tank hot water systems, the process is slower. If the hot water has been run for an extended amount of time and has run out, you will have to wait quite a while for it to fill up once again.
This system will have a much smaller impact on the environment. The energy used to heat the system will be minimal compared to how much it would be to heat other systems. This is just one of the many steps that can be taken to reduce your carbon footprint. Make this change when your old water heater goes out to get the most out of both.
Although the initial cost is higher than a regular hot water heater, the tank-less system will save you more money throughout its lifetime. This system will cost significantly less to operate, because of its low energy demands. There is even a temperature compensating valve that is important when the system is being used for a long time.
Tank-less hot water systems aren’t the solution for every home. Look into the options first; finding the advantages and disadvantages of what it will bring to your home. If you are looking to save energy, and reduce your heating bill, this could be the best solution for you. When your water heater is on the way out, consider making this switch to gain long term benefits for your home.
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Cassie writes for www.shamrockplumbing.net on the best techniques for plumbing in Salt Lake City. She has written on building a more energy efficient home through the lighting system, water system, and appliances used.