If you’re asking this question it’s probably because you’ve heard about the growing popularity of tankless water heaters for home installation… and your current storage tank water heater is coming to the end of its service life and you want to replace it. Is going with a tankless water heater the best next step? Or does the cost of this advanced type of water heater outweigh its usefulness?
These are good questions to ask yourself before making a decision. But the best way to find answers is to work with water heating professionals. It’s important to make the right choice for your new water heater installation in Burke, VA, and our team of experts will help steer you toward the best system to replace your old one.
Tankless Water Heater Basics
First, let’s take a closer look at how a tankless water heating system works in case you aren’t familiar with them. A tankless water heater heats up water “on demand,” i.e. whenever a hot water tap or appliance turns on and makes a request for hot water. The movement of water through the water heater is what triggers the system to turn on its gas jets or electric heating element. The water moves through a heat exchanger that transfers the heat directly to it. There’s no need to store water at all: whenever there’s a call for hot water, the system turns on to heat it immediately.
How This Benefits You
How does this system reward you and pay back its installation costs? There are a number of major benefits:
- Reduced energy consumption: Tankless water heaters use less energy than storage tank water heaters because they only consume energy when there’s a need for hot water. With a storage tank water heater, the water in the tank loses heat to the outside. This is called standby heat loss. The system must expend energy to warm the water back up again, regardless of whether there’s any need for hot water. This drains far more power than a tankless system.
- Unlimited hot water: A storage tank water heater can run out of its hot water supply before it can heat up more, leaving people in your home trapped without hot water for a time—most likely in the morning when everyone is taking showers. Tankless water heaters are always heating up more on demand, so you can’t run out of hot water. (Too many taps on at once may overwhelm a tankless system, however.)
- Small size: Without a tank to store water, a tankless system takes up much less space. It can be mounted on the wall or even mounted outside a house.
- Longevity: Finally, you can expect to enjoy more years of service and savings from a tankless system than a conventional one.
Making the Choice
When you call our professionals about the installation a tankless water heater, they’ll work closely with you to make certain going with one of these systems is your ideal choice. You will end up with the right water heater to meet your family’s daily needs.
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