One of the latest advances in the home appliance industry is the tankless water heater. Compared to conventional water heaters with large cylindrical storage units, tankless water heaters are much smaller because they don’t have any water storage component.
Without this component, many people mistakenly assume they aren’t effective at producing a lot of hot water. Tankless water heaters actually produce hot water on demand by feeding cold water through a pipe where gas or electric elements heat the water. So there’s no need to wait for the tank to fill up, and the hot water supply doesn’t run out. While these are great benefits of tankless water heaters, they aren’t the only ones. Here are some other perks of these new water heaters.
Reduced Cost & Energy
While the initial price of a tankless heater is usually higher than conventional water heaters, over time the tankless heater will make up the difference. Since it uses less water, a tankless heater reduces your water and energy expenses. According to an Energy Star study, a tankless water heater will save a family about $100 each year. Tankless heaters are also known to be eco-friendly, since they use less water and energy.
You might also be glad to know tankless water heaters last longer than older models. Standard water heaters last an average of 10 to 15 years, but tankless models have easily replaceable parts, which can extend their lifespan to more than 20 years.
Pilot Lights Don’t Have to Be On All the Time
Modern tankless heaters have an intermittent ignition device (IID). The IID allows the pilot light to power itself when the tankless heater engages. This works very similarly to how a gas stove ignites with a spark when turned on. Because the pilot light doesn’t stay ignited all the time, tankless water heaters do not use much standby energy. Conventional models have a habit of seeping energy when they aren’t even being used. With an IID, tankless models don’t have this problem.
Cleaner & Safer Water
Over time, conventional models build up rust and limescale in and out of the tank from constantly storing water inside. This can make water gritty, which feels uncomfortable to wash in and isn’t good for your clothes or dishes either. Since they don’t store water, tankless units don’t build up rust or limescale. They also make scalds and burns less likely because advanced protective features keep scalding water from reaching the tap.
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