If you’ve ever run out of hot water when you need it most, tankless water heaters may be the best choice for your home. The most common form of water heater found in homes is the storage tank water heater, which stores hot water in a large tank. As water enters the bottom of the tank, it is heated by a gas burner or electric heating element. The water rises to the top so it may be used whenever a tap turns on.
However, a common complaint with these water heaters is that the tank may refill faster than water can be heated. So if several family members have showered before you, the hot water may have already run out. Tankless water heaters activate as soon as a hot water tap is turned on, so water flows from the water supply through your unit and heats up instantaneously. While these units may struggle if several people use the hot water at once, multiple tankless units may be installed, virtually eliminating the problem of running out of hot water altogether. While some homeowners may find this to be the biggest advantage of tankless units, we’ve listed a few more below.
- Save Space: Tankless water heaters are smaller than storage tank heaters, so you won’t need much space for installation. Often, the heater is located in a discreet location or near the tap that controls it.
- No Standby Energy Loss: The heating element of a storage tank water heater runs at all times to keep the tank hot, consuming a lot of energy. A tankless unit, however, only turns on when you need it and shuts off as soon as your shower, dishwasher/washing machine cycle, or faucet is turned off.
- Longer Lifespan: While tankless water heaters may cost more to install than traditional water heaters, they tend to last much longer. Storage tanks are vulnerable to corrosion from rust because water is stored in the tank at all times, while tankless units just don’t have this problem/
Tankless water heater installation is not a do-it-yourself project. You should count on a professional technician to make sure your unit is protected from leaks, high water pressure, and inaccurate temperatures. Furthermore, a professional technician can determine whether your home would benefit from multiple water heaters to meet high hot water demands. For more information about tankless water heaters in Canton, GA, call Comfort Zone Heating & Air today!