Tankless water heaters present several advantages over traditional “tanked” systems, which makes them worth considering if you are in the market for a new water heating system. Local heating company Tyler takes a look at tankless water systems.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Storage tank water heaters store tap water in a large insulated tank, heated by a furnace powered by fuel, gas, or electricity. To keep the water hot, a thermostat senses when the water cools down below a certain level and automatically turns the furnace on when needed. In comparison, a tankless water heater does not store water but instead uses heating coils to heat water as it passes through the system, providing a virtually limitless supply of hot water.
Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater
The following are some reasons why you should consider getting a tankless water heater.
- It occupies less space. A tankless water heater is significantly smaller than traditional “tanked” water heaters and can be mounted on the wall. This allows more installation flexibility and a much smaller — as in zero — footprint.
- It’s more energy-efficient. A tankless water heater only runs when you use it, which can help reduce your utility bills if you only use hot water during certain times of the day.
- It has a longer life span. Most tankless water heaters are expected to last about 20 years or more, which is twice that of traditional tanked water heaters.
- It’s more convenient. You won’t have to worry about being last to use the bathroom every morning because a tankless water heater can supply hot water on demand.
There are also some factors that you need to consider before buying a tankless water heater. There is no “one size fits all” tankless water heater. The higher the rate your home uses up hot water, the more powerful a system you will need to have. There’s also the matter of whether you want to integrate it with your existing heating system. Some tankless water heaters utilize a gas-fired system, which is ideal for homeowners who use a gas-fired furnace.
If your home is heated by a hydronic heating system, it may use hot water supplied by your storage water heater. Consider whether you should keep it or switch to a different home heating system.