Unless you spend a lot of time poking around in your basement or looking into deep, dark closets, chances are you do not think very much about the large contraption that is likely situated there. That contraption is your water heater and it plays a vital role in ensuring your comfort in your home. If you are like most people, you have a water heater tucked away somewhere in your house, and one major part of that water heater is a large tank. This tank is where water is heated (to whatever temperature you have your water heater set) before being used in the bath or shower, the sink, the dishwasher, the washer and dryer, and anywhere else in your home where hot water is routinely needed. But some water heaters are a little different. They are tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters go by a lot of nicknames. They can be called instaneous water heaters, continuous flow water heaters, inline water heaters, flash water heaters, on-demand or even instant water heaters. This is because of the way they operate. Instead of storing water in a tank and then heating it, tankless water heaters simply heat water as it passes through the heater. There is no need for internal water storage in the hot water heater and thus no need for that huge tank hulking in your basement or closet.
Because tankless water heaters are much smaller than traditional tank water heaters, they are often installed in your home in more than one spot or point-of-use (POU.) The way this works is that there is one central tankless water heater and other, smaller tankless water heaters installed at various points-of-use (POU) around your home.
Tankless water heaters have advantages over those old fashioned tank water heaters, and not just because their size is less obtrusive. They also allow for a continuous flow of hot water. Have you ever been the last one to the bathroom in the morning and found yourself showering with icicles? Well, if you install a tankless water heater in your home that will never happen again.
If you are interested in green and sustainable technology, tankless water heaters offer another distinct advantage. They are significantly more energy efficient than old fashioned tank water heaters. This is achieved because they only heat water as it is used instead of expending the energy needed to constantly keep water heated.
Point-of-use tankless water heaters have an even bigger eco-friendly advangate. If you are eco-minded, you will also like tankless water heaters because they save water. When you are in the bath do you ever let that first bit of cold water run down the drain? Sure, as environmentally unfriendly as it is, chances are that we all do. Point-of-use tankless water heaters respect the environment because water is already heated when it comes out of the faucet, you no longer have to worry about wasting that stream of cold water.
The disadvantages of point-of-use tankless water heaters are that, depending on your home’s size, quite a few of them may need to be installed around your house. POU tankless water heaters are usually limited to 6 litres a minute, so your hot water flow may not be very much, especially if you are using, for example, a sink and bathtub at the same time in the same bathroom.
Whether you are environmentally minded or simply want hot water on demand, a tankless water heater is a good investment. Tankless water heaters save you money on your energy water bills and time spent warming water up to ideal bath temperature. If you are interested in purchasing a tankless water heater, contact your local home appliance store or a trusted plumber for more information before making your purchase.
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