Tankless Water Heaters
At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:
1) Multiple Design Options 2) Access to Current Housing Trends
A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.
As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.
Tankless Water Heaters: Pros & Cons
The obvious advantage of opting for a tankless water heater is the cost savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be 10%-35% more energy efficient than a conditional storage tank. That’s how “wasteful” all that standby water can be even when you’re not even using it. They also last significantly longer, up to 15 years longer than conventional storage units. Additionally, these savings are good for the world in which we live. You might say these demand water heaters put less demand on the environment, as well as your wallet.
The initial cost of demand water heaters is higher than a conventional storage unit. However, the monthly savings help turn that to your advantage over time. Also, going tankless means you will sacrifice some pressure, or flow rate, but likely not enough to upset your daily routine—unless you have multiple family members trying to shower at the same time.
Tankless water heaters are the future because they save energy, last longer, and put money in your wallet over time. To learn more, visit the US Department of Energy:
“Tankless or Demand-Type Water Heaters”