When it’s time to replace your water heater, you may want to consider the newest technology in the water-heater market. While traditional water heaters have become more efficient over the last decade, you may want to just forget about the tank, and instead enjoy the benefits of a tankless water heater.
What’s the difference?
A standard water heater with a tank provides hot water when you need it, but did you know that it’s constantly using energy, heating dozens of gallons of water, even when you’re not home? A storage-tank water heater uses considerable energy heating and storing water that you might not even use for several hours or days. Conversely, a tankless water heater is activated the moment you turn on the faucet, and heats water only as you need it. Therefore, you not burning energy when you don’t need to.
Why tankless is better
The benefits of a tankless water heater are many. Since you’re only paying to heat water as you need it, you’re not wasting energy. And the reduction in your utility bills can pay for the unit’s upfront costs in a surprisingly short time frame. In fact, if your hot-water consumption is 41 gallons or less daily, you could save anywhere from 24 to 34 percent more energy than you would by using a storage-tank water heater. Additionally, if you install a demand water water at each of your home’s hot-water faucets, you could save even more energy — between 27 and 50 percent.
Have you ever run out of hot water toward the end of your shower? Another benefit of a tankless water heater is that you won’t ever run out of hot water again. Since the water is heated as it comes through, the supply never runs out or cools down.
Another major benefit of going tankless is that you can have multiple uses of your hot water at one time, with no sacrifice to water temperature. For example, the dishwasher could be in use while the shower is running, and you won’t notice a temperature change in either situation.
The benefits of a tankless water heater are definitely worth the investment, and could be an optimal choice for your home. To discuss the appropriate tankless system for your needs, contact the experts at Overland Park Heating & Cooling. We’ve proudly served commercial and residential customers in the Kansas City area since 1983.
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