You are at the end of a very long and stressful day. The kids have all been bathed and put to bed and your significant other is just finishing up their shower. You will get in next to take your shower when they are done and you are really looking forward to a nice long, hot shower to get rid of the days stress. There is just one problem; when you go to take your shower there is no hot water left. This would never happen if you had a tankless water heater.
What Is A Tankless Hot Water System?
This is a system where your existing gas or oil burning heater has a unit added to it that superheats water as it passes through it. There is no waiting time for the water in the tank to get hot like conventional water heating tank systems.
Tankless Water Heater Advantages
Here are a few of the advantages that a tankless hot water system gives you.
Unlimited Hot Water
Since the water in the system that feeds the bathroom and other areas of your house is heated as quickly as it passes through the furnace area, there is never a time you will be out of hot water as long as the system is working. That means there is no time limit for showers and baths and if you are one of the last people to get into the bathroom you will still have plenty of hot water no matter how many people have taken a shower or bath before you. It is a handy system to have in place, especially if you have a large family or have frequent overnight guests visit your home.
Electric water heaters have to work very hard to not only heat up the water but then they have to constantly reheat it also to keep it at the set temperature in the tank. No matter how well insulated a hot water tank is the water in the tank will always have to go through this heat and reheat process. This process is eliminated when you have a tankless water heater and you will experience energy savings over time because of it.
Electric storage water heaters are often big and bulky and take up a lot of area no matter where you place them. They also have many plumbing and electrical lines coming into them that take up even more room. There are no worries like this with a tankless water heater.
Saves on Maintenance
When you have separate heating and hot water storage you need two pieces of equipment so each one can do its designed function; that is not the case if you have a tankless water heater added to your existing heating system. If you have a tankless water heater you save on maintenance because there is only one piece of equipment you have to look after instead of two.
If you like what you read here then talk to your local HVAC person and see if a tankless water heater may work for your individual situation.