Your home’s hot water can account for 30% of your yearly energy costs. A tankless water system can drastically reduce your hot water energy costs, by only heating the water you use, when you use it. This way your heating bill drastically decreases, and your system’s efficiency increases.
Many homes use instant hot water systems not only for their economy, but for space preservation as well. In small apartment units or single family homes that lack the required space to store a tank system, tankless hot water systems are a great option. Many designs fit small spaces, so they won’t be in the way or take up precious storage space.
Other benefits include a long lifespan; most instant hot water systems last twice as long as a standard tank water heater. Which means with proper maintenance, your hot water system may last you up to 24 years!
Tankless Hot Water Systems
Tankless, instant hot water systems are also called “On Demand” hot water systems, because they only heat the water you use, when you use it. There are two major categories of tankless, on-demand hot water systems: whole house units, and point-of-use units. Whole home units would be installed in a central location of the home. They would replace a standard tank water heater. Point-of-use units provide hot water for a single fixture, and are typically located far away from a centralized hot water source. These units are usually very small, and can be installed right beneath the sink.
How it works…
Instant hot water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water, and their tankless design means they don’t require storage space for a tank. They come in both gas-powered and electric types. Gas-powered systems are fueled by propane or natural gas, and will require venting to the outside. Tankless electric systems use an easy-to-replace, electric element, and require being hardwired to the circuit breaker or electrical panel. For some large units, you may need to consider upgrading your electrical service.