Our specialists at Countryside Plumbing & Heating have noticed a rise in the demand for tankless water heaters, particularly in recent years. Hot water tanks have long been a staple of water heating systems in American homes, but discerning homeowners recognize that they have several drawbacks. So what are tankless water heaters, and are they really the better option when it comes to heating your water?
Hot Water Tanks vs. Tankless Water Heaters
With a hot water tank, a furnace heats the water stored inside. When a hot water faucet is opened, the water is moved to that point of use. The amount of hot water you can use is greatly limited by the tank’s capacity. This often becomes a point of contention in large homes, as continuous use often depletes the reserve before everyone can get their fair share.
Tankless water heaters apply heat at the exact point the water is to be used, which means that your heating needs are met in real time. Without a tank, you eliminate some of the risks involved in heating your water, such as leaks and standby energy losses.
Pros and Cons
Tank-type water heaters have a respectable lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, but this pales in comparison to the 20 years of service life most point-of-use water heaters boast. Tankless water heaters also save you space, as you no longer need a bulky water storage tank in your home.
When water travels from your hot water tank to the faucet, some of the heat is lost within the pipes. This is known as standby loss. Because tankless water heaters heat water right where you use it, they can completely eliminate these standby losses.
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