Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless systems are becoming more and more popular. Instead of a storage reservoir, water is heated as needed. Most units can supply 3.5 to 5 gallons per minute. Prices on tankless units are continuing to drop which makes them a good choice for any home. For systems that require more than then a 5 gallon capacity, consider adding a second unit. These systems are extremely energy efficient and require little to no upkeep.
As the name suggests, a tankless, or on-demand, water heater does not store water in a tank. They heat the water on demand using gas or electric coils as the water passes through the unit. This feature eliminates the standby energy losses that you incur with a storage tank.
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Pros of Tankless Water Heaters
- Perhaps the greatest benefit of using a tankless water heater is they are extremely energy efficient and require little to no upkeep which often means lower utility bills and maintenance costs.
- They are smaller and can be easily installed in tight spaces or on the exterior walls of your house.
- Theyare capable of providing 2 to 3 gallons of on demand hot water each minute.
- If maintained properly, tankless heaters can last for 20 to 30 years, nearly twice the life of most storage tank heaters.
- They can provide unlimited hot water so long as they are operating within their normal capacity.
- Tankless water heaters often offer longer warranties.
Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
- The upfront costs for tankless heaters are higher than those of traditional heaters but, as a result of their energy efficiency, save you money over time.
- If you are simultaneously running too many appliances that use hot water, there is a chance the heater will fail to meet your hot water demands for every device.