What is a Tankless Water Heater?
This kind of water heater provides heat to water as it moves through the mechanism and does not have a separate receptacle for holding water. This kind of heater uses internal sensors to determine when water is poured through it, and heats the water instantaneously. Heating is supplied either from an electric or gas source.
Why Buy a Tankless Water Heater?
You of course have several choices when it comes to buying water heaters. As tankless water heaters have become popular, it is worth it to look at the benefits these devices offer. Some of these benefits include increased safety and savings in energy.
Energy and Water Use Savings
Because with these heaters you can get water on demand as opposed to heating water and then needing to expend energy storing it, tankless heaters help you save energy in the long run. You can also use less water overall, because you won’t need to run the faucet while waiting for the water to reach the desired temperature. In general, the combined energy and water savings will also enables you to save money with the use of a tankless water heater.
Tankless heaters take up less space than other kinds of water heaters, because they do not contain tanks. Many of these heaters are also small enough that they can be positioned on walls. But those that are not still give you more room than other kinds of heaters. Larger heaters look bulky and unattractive in the room that they are placed in, so going tankless will also improve the appearance of the surrounding area.
One of the dangers that other kinds of heaters present is the risk of huge temperature changes, resulting in the possible dispensation of scalding hot water, which could cause you or someone in your home to burn yourself. The negative feedback technology employed by tankless heaters helps to maintain the water at a constant temperature. In addition, heated water that has been stored in a metal tank for long periods of time can be contaminated by dissolved metal. Because tankless heaters do not store water, they don’t pose this risk to you.
Water heaters made the conventional way tend to last only a decade or so before they need to be replaced. Tankless water heaters can last nearly twice this long. The reason for this is that the components of tankless heaters are not exposed to constant moisture, which results in corrosion that reduces the life of a conventional water heater. So you won’t have to replace your tankless heater as soon as you would another heater.