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Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, rather than storing it in a tank. The tankless water heater can be up to 25% more energy-efficient than the tank-type water heater, because there is no “standby heat loss.” The water is heated just when you need it. This efficient design can lead to significant savings on your utility bills over time.
With a tankless water heater, when you turn on the hot water tap, cold water will travel into the unit through a pipe. The water is heated either with a gas burner or an electric element, then it flows out the tap in a constant supply of hot water. There is no need to wait while a tank fills with hot water.
It is true that the flow rate of hot water is limited by a tankless water heater’s output, though they provide a sufficient amount of water for most situations – up to seven gallons per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters provide a higher flow rate than electric models.
If someone has a large household with a high demand for hot water delivered simultaneously through multiple fixtures, it is possible to install two or more tankless water heaters in the home. And while it is true that tankless water heaters have a higher equipment cost, they often have lower operating costs, which in the long run can offset the purchase price.
It is important to have your tankless water heater installed and maintained by a qualified professional – manufacturers often extend their warranties when homeowners follow this wise course of action.
John and Mike at Care Plumbing are highly experienced with the installation of tankless water heaters. They will be pleased to discuss with you the relative merits of both tankless and tank-type units. Care Plumbing can help you decide which water heater will best meet your family’s needs, and install the right model for your home, at the best possible price.
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