Time to Go Tankless With Your Hot Waterby Kuhrich on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We enjoy countless amenities in today’s modern homes, from climate control to durable, long-lasting exteriors and foundations, to security systems, energy-efficient lighting, high-quality materials for flooring, walls, and furnishings, plenty of space, and of course, running water, one of the earliest advances of civilization as we know it today (such as in the case of Roman aqueducts). However, running water isn’t enough for us, of course; we expect our water to be a specific temperature as it suits our purpose, be it drinking water (cool), water for cooking (hot), water for cleaning (a mixture of cold and hot!), or any number of other countless uses for water of a particular temperature.
Up to now, we controlled this temperature using the same power source the generated heat, usually storing that hot water in a tank so that you had a limited amount of hot water at any given time, yet now we can bypass that whole mess with an elegant solution: tankless water heating.
The problem facing current water-heater owners is that there is only a limited amount of water that can be stored in and heated by their water heater at a time. Thus, if a bunch of hot water is used in a brief amount of time – say, by the dishwasher, several hot showers, and a cycle of the washing machine – then you end up with no hot water for a lengthy period of time while the system refills and reheats the water. Tankless water heaters do away with storing water at all by instantly heating water as it flows through the tankless water heating device. Not a drop of water is retained within the device with the exception of what is the in heater exchanger coil itself.
Small But Effective
Due to the relatively small size of the tankless water heater, it has an additional advantage over the traditional hot water heater: multiple locations can be installed throughout the house if you so desire, each one serving a localized area within the living space. Many homeowners opt to have a central water heater that is larger and can provide more water to the entire house, but smaller ones can be installed for more instant hot water needs. Ultimately, over time, you end up saving quite a bit of money thanks to reduced energy costs; you’d be surprised at how much money you spend on a hot shower every now and again!