When you are ready to invest in a new water heater, you may be tempted to simply stick with what you have always known, in terms of make and model. For most of us, this is the tank water heater. Tank water heaters have long been a favorite among homeowners looking for a dependable and sufficient supply of hot water for use throughout their homes. However, we do advise homeowners to consider all available options before making a final decision. You may just find that there is something that suits your needs better, such as the use of a tankless water heater in Sarasota, FL.
What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
As you’ve probably guesses, a tankless water heater is a water heater that does not require the use of a storage tank in its operation. Instead, such systems heat water only as needed, which is why they are commonly referred to as “on-demand” water heaters. When you call for hot water at a sink or shower in your home, or when the dishwasher or washing machine needs it, cold water is brought through the system. Electric heating elements or a gas combustion process heat that water as it passes through the system, en route to where it is needed. When no more hot water is necessary, the system simply shuts off until it’s called upon again. This operation benefits homeowners in a few ways.
First of all, this method of heating water completely eliminates the risk of encountering standby energy loss, in which heat from the water in a storage tank transfers out to the air surrounding it, leaving the water heater to effectively reheat the water in the tank. Additionally, tankless water heaters are very compact, making them ideal for homes with tight storage constraints. Plus, tankless water heaters, while generally more expensive than tank models, also have very long lifespans. Let Wimpy’s Plumbing & Air handle all of your water heater services.
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