Up until a few years ago, the only option for water heater types was the storage water heater. These are water heaters that have large storage tanks, in which they keep a constant supply of hot water. Every time you demand hot water, it flows out of the tank and cold water flows in to replace it. While these water heaters are certainly effective, they have a number of disadvantages associated with their use. Fortunately, you now have an alternative in the form of tankless water heaters. Let’s take a look at what a tankless water heater is, and the advantages of using one.
What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater is exactly what it sounds like: a water heater without a tank attached. Instead, it has a heat exchanger similar to a boiler system. When you call for hot water, the tankless water heater heats water in the heat exchanger before it flows to the destination. When there is no longer any demand for hot water, the tankless water heater turns itself off.
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters answer the two biggest problems with tank water heaters: energy inefficiency and space. Tank water heaters are on all the time, day and night, on the off chance that you need hot water. That leads to a lot of wasted energy per year, which you have to pay for. Due to the necessity of the tank, storage tank water heaters also take up a lot of space. Tankless water heaters solve both of these problems by only heating water as it is needed, and doing away with the space-consuming storage tank.
If you’d like to install a tankless water heater in your home, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We serve all of Ogden, UT.