The high cost of energy is a great incentive to figure out how to make the house more ecologically sound. Even if the damage to the environment is not enough to persuade a homeowner to increase their efficiency the damage to their wallet certainly should. The cost of the power combined with the benefit to nature by reducing one’s consumption ought to make everyone inclined to find ways to use less. Tankless water heaters are one of the new options that can have a huge impact and they essentially work by heating as the liquid passes through them, rather than trying to maintain the temperature of a large tank throughout the day.
For some this option can offer a huge benefit over the traditional style of water heaters. In the hotel industry this solution has been used for quite sometime because it is simply unrealistic to store enough to provide hundreds of rooms with hot showers. Recently, this option has been introduced to consumers and has gained ground fast among those looking to have a more energy efficient solution.
While these units can be fantastic and they work relatively quickly they sometimes are not quite as warm and there is a delay between turning on the faucet and actually hot liquid coming out. This is due both to a delay in initiation of the heating unit an also due to the fact that the pipes are filled with room temperature fluid.
Another drawback to these type of water heaters is the fact that it is harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Because if you turn the faucet up high to let more through the liquid spends less time in the system there is less time to get hot and thus it comes out cooler. This is counterintuitive to those who are used to using a tank where the more you turn the hot faucet up the warmer it is.
The advantages are high, however. Tankless water heaters offer unlimited access to hot showers and other uses. No longer can a person “use up” all of the hot and require a period of time for it to build back up. This allows a person to shower, run the dishwasher, and run the washing machine and have every need met. It also allows for reduced space consumption of the unit and so it can simply be mounted on a wall or in a crawl space discreetly. For those who want to minimize the delay mentioned earlier, one simply installs it closer to the tap or shower head that is used most often and the delay will be minimal, often even less than the time it takes for pipes to clear between a traditional version and the tap.
Next time it is necessary to shop for new water heaters consider discussing with a plumber the potential benefits and drawbacks of going tankless.