October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012
Water Heaters

Heating water accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home’s energy budget. A gas-fired tankless water heater can cut the cost in half.

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it. So you get an endless source of hot water, while also saving money on energy costs by not heating and reheating the same tank of water.
  1. When opening a hot water tap, or starting the dishwasher, a tankless water heater starts heating immediately.
  2. The temperature of the incoming water is used to calculate how much heat the burners must produce to deliver water at the desired temperature.
  3. When hot water isn’t in use, the tankless hot water heater shuts down.  There is no wasted energy.
  4. The end result — hot water that is not limited to what’s available in your tank. You always have clean, hot water when you want it for as long as you need it!

Problems with Conventional Tank-Type Water Heater

Due to their large storage tanks, conventional water heaters are bulky, take up lots of space, take up a huge amount of landfill space and are costly to recycle.
  1. 20-40% of energy consumed by a traditional tank heater is wasted as heat is slowly lost due to radiant heat loss from the storage tank
  2. Conventional water heaters frequently run out of hot water after several back-to-back showers. The user must then wait for a long period of time for water to be heated again.
  3. Most heaters are set at very high temperatures (130F+). This wastes energy and increases risk of scalding, especially for children and the elderly.
  4. Conventional water heaters typically last from 6 to 12 years.

The Tankless Hot Water Heater Solution

Tankless water heaters are about the size of a large laptop, saving valuable space in the home and in our landfills.
  1. Reduce water heating costs as much as 50%! – Tankless water heaters heat entirely on demand only when hot water is needed. Since there is no hot water storage, thermal heat loss is almost completely eliminated.
  2. Tankless hot water heaters can run all day long if necessary and they will never stop producing hot water since they heat water instantly on demand.
  3. Tankless hot water heaters allow you to set the water temperature to a safer temperature, closer to the actual temperature you will use the water at, reducing the risk of scalding and saving on energy costs.
  4. Tankless hot water heaters can last over 20 years.