Tankless water heating systems, (aka demand-type or instantaneous water heaters) give you hot water as you need it. It saves you money because you have none of those standby energy losses that are typical with storage water heaters. Simply put, demand-type water heaters heat water directly. It does away with storage tanks. When you switch the hot water tap on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. A heating element (either gas or electric) heats the water. And voila! Hot water for your dishwasher, laundry machine, faucets, kitchen sinks, and of course… the shower.
Do you need to switch to a tankless water heating system?
If you need a steady supply of hot water for your home or business, you may want to rethink your current water heating system. Here’s why:
1. HOT WATER IN A FLASH
For busy homes and businesses, readily available hot water is a must and connects directly to the bottomline – customer satisfaction and income. There is no time for downtime. The comfort of having instant hot water in a busy household can’t be ignored. A storage tank is limited by its capacity. Run out of water and you have to wait till hot water becomes available. Tankless water heating systems, on the other hand, provide an infinite volume of hot water. Scenarios you might want to think about other than hotels are spas and hair salons. Businesses that depend on hot water are risking customer satisfaction if this aspect is left to chance.
2. ENERGY SAVINGS
Storage tanks continuously use energy to keep a tank of hot water on standby. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, consume electricity only when hot water is needed.
Picture this. A gym may have peak hours for hot water – early morning and those hours after work. In between, the needs are minimal. Every hour that energy isn’t needed to heat water, is an hour’s worth of savings. And speaking of savings, the switch from a traditional water heater to a tankless water heating system cuts your utility bill’s water heating by 30%.
3. SPACE and MAINTENANCE EFFICIENCY
Water heater tanks are mammoth structures that take so much space in the house. Tankless water heating units, on the other hand, are far compact, lightweight, and wall-mountable. This translates to at least 12 square feet of space. This also means that you could easily hide them in basements, attics, and even utility closets.
As to maintenance, demand-type water heaters require little to no upkeep. Other types require total replacement once a few parts show signs of failure. With tankless water heaters, individual parts can be exchanged to extend life. Other than a periodical total flush and periodic check every three years, you can simply forget about them.
The advantages of tankless water heating systems go beyond instant hot showers and lower utility bills. It ensures that demand in your home or business is always met and that space is made available for the more important stuff.