What Makes a Tankless Water Heater So Efficient?

What Makes a Tankless Water Heater So Efficient?

f you’ve done a little research on water heaters, you’ll know that tankless water heaters are a popular choice these days. You probably know that most hot water heaters have a large tank that keeps water hot, before sending it out to your faucets when you turn on a hot water tap. But a tankless water heater does without.

How is this possible? And what makes it such a popular, efficient option? We’ll go over the benefits of tankless water heaters—and one or two potential drawbacks for your family—today! Call our friendly plumbers for more information.

Heating Water “On Demand”

Tankless water heaters are often also called “on-demand” water heaters. This means that they only use heating elements when you really need hot water. In other words, the electric or gas heating elements do not heat up until you open a hot water tap from a sink or shower.

The burners or electric heating elements get hot enough to send hot water out as it passes through the tankless unit, rather than having to store hot water in a large tank. This saves space and fuel.

About Tankless Water Efficiency

So why is this such an efficient system? There’s no wasted fuel, or what plumbers like to call standby energy loss. With a tank water heater, you’re stuck running the system all day, even though you only really need hot water a few times a day. That can waste a lot of energy, but a tankless water heater doesn’t have this problem. In addition, tankless units may last longer than tank water heaters, saving you even more over time.

Some Potential Tankless Drawbacks

We do see some potential drawbacks to tankless water heating from time to time. For one, tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters. You may even need several tankless water heaters throughout the home because larger households have larger hot water demands. While it may offset the cost over time, this isn’t worth it for some people. It can also take a little longer for hot water to reach your faucets. Talk to a technician with experience before making the final decision!

For water heater services in Rancho Cucamonga, call Allstar Home Services today.

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