Save Energy & Money with Tankless Water Heaters

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Tankless water heaters, also known as demand or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed.  Conventional water heaters that use a tank for storage produce standby energy losses, but tankless water heaters save you money by heating water only when you need it.

Tankless units can be electric or gas-fired (natural gas or propane), and are available for heating water for a specific location in your home (single- or multi-point application), or for the entire house (whole house application).  When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit where it is heated.  This provides a constant supply of hot water, so you won’t run out!

Another advantage of tankless water heaters is that they have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, typically twice as long as conventional storage water heaters. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years.  Plus, tankless water heaters are compact in size and take up only a fraction of the space that a conventional storge tank requires.

Brands of tankless water heaters include:

  • Rinnai
  • Noritz
  • Flash and Mobius
  • Bosch
  • Viridian

Unless you are very handy, tankless water heaters should be installed by a qualified, licensed plumbing and heating contractor.

Source:  U.S. Dept of Energy

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Tag(s): Energy, Greening the Home, Kitchens And Baths, Water

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