Having a reliable source of hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing is essential for comfort and cleanliness in the modern home. One solution many plumbing services offer for this need is a tankless water heater. If you’re preparing to upgrade or replace an older water heating system, take a look at the answers to some common questions about tankless options in the article below.
A Short Guide to Tankless Water Heaters
What are they?
As the name implies, a tankless water heater, unlike traditional water heaters, does not require a large tank to contain water at a steady temperature. Instead, they use sophisticated, energy-efficient heating elements to heat water to desired temperatures on demand.
How do they work?
When you open a tap or start a hot water cycle in a dishwasher or washing machine, water is channeled through a heat exchanger built into a tankless water heater. The flow of water activates the heat exchanger, which turns on gas burners or electrical heating elements to heat the water as it passes through. Thus, the water is heated instantly, and as soon as water stops flowing through the heating elements, they shut off.
What are the benefits?
One of the most notable advantages of a tankless water heater is that it will only consume energy as long as hot water is needed. This can lead to considerable savings over time due to lower gas or electric bills, which could even cover the cost of installation within the space of a few years.
Furthermore, because they don’t require a tank, these systems take up much less space. Without a tank to maintain, you may also find you need less-frequent visits from plumbing services as the system ages due to less sedimentation and corrosion.
Can one tankless water heater supply my entire home?
Yes. The size of tankless water heater you choose should depend on your needs and the size of your household. For example, a family of four usually needs a tankless system capable of heating 8 to 10 gallons per minute. As long as you choose a heater rated to handle your needs, you can count on a ready supply of hot water whenever you need it in any room with a tap.
When you’re ready to install a tankless water heater in your home, get in touch with Denali CS in Carrollton, TX. Backed by extensive professional experience and a reputation for top-quality work, this family-owned and -operated company proudly serves residential and commercial customers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In addition to plumbing services, they offer a full range of HVAC installation, electrical, and indoor air quality solutions. Call (214) 350-9555 to discuss your needs, or visit them online for more information.