Your family is planning a day out together and everyone is getting ready for a great time. All is well until you’re 3rd in line for the shower and you find only freezing water to greet you.
A common issue in homes across Florida and the rest of the country is running out of hot water before the water heater has time to heat another tankful. When you need that hot water and it’s not there, it’s a major inconvenience.
Most families feel they’re relegated to whichever hot water system came with their house and that carefully timing showers around dishwasher runs, clothes washing, and other hot water needs is just a part of life.
It doesn’t have to be that way forever! Did you know there’s a way to never run out of hot water again?
At Air Tech of Central Florida, we focus on the necessities of life, which include both heating and cooling and available hot water. As part of our expert plumbing services in Orlando, we help families with hot water heater options that will improve their quality of life. Such as, tankless hot water heaters.
We find that while many people have heard of tankless water heaters, they’re not really sure what the benefits are or how they differ from standard hot water tanks.
Besides taking the frustration out of an unexpected cold-water shower, they have several other benefits you’ll want to know about.
How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?
Have you been wondering how a tankless water heater works and how it differs from a storage tank style heater? The key difference comes in the way each produces hot water.
Storage Water Heaters (Tank)
Storage water heaters, which most people are used to using, use a tank to heat and store water to dispense as needed. Most tanks are typically in the 40 to 80-gallon range.
They run out of hot water if the use is more than the amount heated and stored in the tank. For example, if your shower head has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute and someone in the family takes long 20-minute showers, that could empty a 50-gallon tank completely and leave the next person in the cold.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are also called “on-demand” water heaters because they’re designed to give you hot water just when you need it, rather than keeping a large storage tank full at all times.
When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water runs through the unit and is heated instantly by a heat exchanger inside. This means that they never run out of hot water because it’s being heated as you use it rather than stored.
Just like storage water heaters, tankless water heaters come in both electric and gas-fired models. Tankless water heaters also are more compact and take up less space than a traditional tank heater.
What are the Benefits of Installing a Tankless Water Heater?
Even if you’re the only person in your household using hot water and you don’t have to worry about running out, a tankless water heater can still offer some significant benefits.
Tankless water heaters are known for being incredibly energy efficient and having a long lifespan.
Here are several of the benefits that on-demand, tankless water heaters provide over storage tank heaters.
Lower Energy Costs
Because they aren’t storing water in a tank with standby heat losses, tankless water heaters use less energy than storage heaters, which means savings on your monthly energy bill.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, typical energy savings for on-demand heaters over conventional storage tank heaters are:
- 24%-34% for homes using 41 gallons or less hot water per day
- 8%-14% for homes using about 86 gallons hot water per day
Hot Water When You Need It
The inconvenience of not being able to shower when they want to or running out of hot water constantly, drives many people to make the switch to an on-demand water heating system, especially if there is a lot of hot water demand in their household.
Never running out of hot water is also a big quality of life factor and can make a huge difference in a daily routine.
They Last a Long Time
When clients are initially comparing the cost of a traditional storage tank system with a tankless system, our Air Tech of Central Florida plumbing team make sure they know that tankless systems last about twice as long (or more). They also have lower operating costs.
Typical water heater lifespans:
- Storage tank system: 10-15 years
- Tankless system: more than 20 years
How long do you have to let the tap or shower run before the water is the right temperature? This is a typical water-wasting activity with traditional tank heaters that you won’t have with a tankless water heater system.
So, in addition to your energy bill, your water bill can also go down due to the efficiency of a on-demand system.
Want to Know More About Tankless Water Heaters?
Would you like to learn more about a tankless, on-demand water heater? We’ll be happy to show you exactly how they work how your family could benefit from one.
Whether you need water heater installation, maintenance, or repairs, Air Tech of Central Florida has the best plumbers in Orlando and beyond.
Schedule a plumbing service call online or call us anytime at 407-696-9876.