The Truth About Tankless Water Heaters
The chances are that your home has a traditional geyser-style water heater. This model stores hot water in a tank, keeping it warm around the clock and ready for use when you need it. However, geyser systems are expensive to run because they must hold water in the tank and heat it 24-hours a day.
A tankless water heater is an entirely different water-heating solution that’s sustainable and energy-efficient. With a tankless system, you can create hot water on demand. When you open a hot-water faucet, the system draws cool water over a superheating element or gas burner, heating it instantly.
The water stays hot for as long as you keep the faucet open. With a tankless system, there’s no need to wait for the water to get warm, and you save yourself the expense of heating the water tank 24-hours a day.
What are the Other Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?
A tankless water heater is a small unit the size of a fuse box that mounts to your wall. It’s a compact unit when you compare it to a large geyser system with a tank. Tank systems are notorious for eventually failing after 5 to 10-years of use.
When the tank goes, it usually ends up soaking your ceiling boards, causing them to warp and stain. You don’t have to worry about your tankless system overflowing because it doesn’t hold any water.
Tankless models are far more efficient when compared to a traditional geyser system. Since you only heat water on demand, you use much less electricity or gas for serving your hot water requirements around the home.
With efficiency ratings of close to 99%, tankless systems are an environmentally friendly option, reducing your family’s impact on the environment. While tank geyser systems last anywhere from 5 to 10-years, a tankless water heater can provide a service life of up to 20-years. Over 20-years, you can save your household a fortune on your electricity costs.
Point-of-Use Vs. Whole-home Tankless Water Heaters
There are two types of tankless water heaters available. The first is a whole-home system, replacing your existing traditional geyser system. This unit heats the water at a central location and then delivers it to points throughout the home via the pipework.
This system is the most cost-effective version, but it does come with a few cons.
You must wait for the water to travel from the heater to the tap, and that might take a few seconds as the cold water in the pipes leaves the system.
The flow rate of the tankless heater also determines your usage limits. For instance, if you turn the shower and the bathroom taps on at the same time, it might limit the amount of hot water flowing through either point.
Point-of-use water heaters will resolve this issue. This system is compact, and fits under the sink, or attaches to a faucet, heating the water at the point of use. These dedicated units allow you to get hot water as soon as you turn on the taps.
The POU water heater also eliminates the limitations on hot water supply and flow rates when using two hot water taps at the same time.
The best choice for instant hot water on tap is to use both solutions. The central tankless system, combined with the POU system means you get instant hot water on demand, with no fluctuations in temperature or pressure.
Call Bulldog Plumbers for Professional Assistance
At Bulldog Plumbers, we specialize in the sale, fitment, repair, and maintenance of any brand or model of tankless water heaters. If you’re thinking about replacing the traditional unit in your home, then call us on 954-889-6691 for the best advice in Florida.
From our offices in Fort Lauderdale, we serve the surrounding counties, providing you with the best estimates, and professional service.