Plumbing may not seem all that exciting to you, but there’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to the endless options available to plumbing consumers. Take the tankless water heater, for example:
Sure, it may look like a strange rectangular shaped computer, but it is actually a super intelligent water heater system.
Tankless water heaters have been in use for over 20 years on the other side of the world in Asia and Europe, but they have only recently started to become more popular in North America. Tankless units offer on-demand water and operate at a much higher efficiency than traditional storage tank water heater. They can also provide higher volumes of water (measured in gallons per minute, or GPM) compared to standard water heaters. Tankless water heaters can operate at efficiencies of up to 98% with an energy factor of up to 0.98, while the typical energy factor of a hot water tank is 0.62. What’s more, tankless water heaters can provide hot water to multiple fixtures at once.
Here is a list of some benefits of going tankless:
– Higher energy efficiency
– Space saver – They’re about the same size as a piece of a carry-on luggage
– Endless hot water!
– Higher quality water heater
– Longer lifespan
– Increases your home value
– You can get a rebate!
Some people believe that tankless units aren’t as good as storage hot water tanks because they don’t provide instant hot water like traditional tanks do. However, the cost of “instant” hot water comes at the expense of standby heat loss and a lower efficiency operation.
Tankless water heaters heat up the water when you need it, so after your wait a moment for the hot water to flow it is essentially endless! You could easily fill up a large soaker tub with tankless water heater, whereas a 60 gallon tank would run out of hot water during a fill up.
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