The growing demand for cost savings in households has many homeowners drawn to tankless water heater solutions. These water heaters are an innovative system that gives homeowners the freedom of energy efficiency and eliminates the large space requirements of storage tank water heaters.
Tankless water heaters can save households between 27% to 50 % in energy costs and are certainly a great option for those trying to minimise their environmental footprint.
Tankless heaters have evolved into more sophisticated units, with features such as wireless connectivity that alerts you on your smartphone when the unit requires maintenance. If kept well maintained, these units can last more than 20 years, which surpasses the average lifespan of 12 years on storage tank water heaters.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters do not store water, unlike storage tank water heaters. So how do they work? With a tankless water heater, the hot water starts to kick in when you turn the tap. Cold water will then flow through a pipe and into the tankless water heater unit. The water is then heated by an electric element or gas burner. This ensures that you have a steady supply of hot water.
Due to these water heaters not needing a large storage tank, they take up less space. They only use electricity when you turn on the taps making them more energy efficient than other water heaters.
Generally, tankless water heaters are a quick hot water source as they produce 7-15 litres of hot water per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters have generally higher flow rates than electric ones.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Installation of tankless water heaters should be left to the professionals. Many factors influence proper installation. These factors include fuel type, local building code requirements, climate and safety concerns. If incorrectly installed, these units can be damaged or may not last as long as water heaters that are installed correctly.
As a result, it’s best to have your tankless water heater installed by a qualified plumbing and heating contractor.
Tankless Water Heater Benefits
Tankless water heaters offer many benefits:
- They typically last longer and are cheaper to maintain.
- Water is only heated when the faucet is turned on, making these units highly energy efficient and cheaper to operate.
- You need less space for these water heaters than conventional storage tank water heaters.
- You won’t experience the standby heat losses that are usually experienced with storage water heaters.
- They can be run on electricity or gas.
- These water heaters have easily replaceable parts.
Homeowners that have converted to tankless water heaters are undoubtedly enjoying the benefits of these units. To find out more about our tankless water heater solutions, contact our knowledgeable staff at Hilton Plumbing!