Tankless water heaters are also known as instantaneous water heaters or on demand type of water heaters provide hot water only when needed. Thus they do not lose energy as compare to the traditional storage water heaters that store and heat up water to be used. Such heaters come with a variety of style and shape. Is a tankless water heater suitable for your home? What are some benefits and what should guide one as they plan to buy a tankless water heater?
Mechanism of working
Tankless water heaters are designed to heat water directly without the water being stored in a tank. When one turns on the water tap, the water runs through the pipe into the unit and is heat up either by an electric element or a gas burner. It thus provides hot water instantly that one can use and does not have to be stored in a storage tank for it to heat up for usage. The temperature of the tankless water heater can also be regulated by adjusting a knob to the favored water heat.
• Save Space – Tankless water heater have a compact design. They occupy less space thus saving space as compared to the traditional storage water heaters. Furthermore, they also make the environment where they are placed look better.
• Warranties – The tankless water heaters have longer warranties that can last up to fifteen years.
• Longer life shelf – The tanks are also able to last longer and have lower energy and operation costs. The parts are also readily available and replaceable which play a role in increasing their shelf life.
Considerations when buying
Before purchasing a tankless water tank, there are a few factors that one needs to consider. First, what size do you want, where do you plan to place the heater? Placement of the tank will guide how big the size will be. Secondly, what is the type of fuel you plan to use? There are two types of tankless water heaters, those that use gas and those that use electricity. Also, to consider is the availability of the fuel type. Thirdly, is the model you are planning to buy energy efficient. A final factor is the cost of the heater, what is your budget.
Installation and maintenance
Once one had decided on the tankless water heater to purchase, they need to look for a good installation and maintenance specialist who will provide this service. A properly installed and maintained heater will have a longer life shelf and optimize its energy.