For many decades, there was only one choice when it came to residential water heaters: the storage tank water heater. This is the model that most people think of when they think of water heaters. It consists of a large cylindrical tank where water is kept at a constant temperature so it’s ready for use. You’ve probably lived most of your life in homes that used tank water heaters.
Although this type of water heater can definitely get the job done, you have more choices today when you’re looking to have a new water heater installed. One of the most popular alternate options today is the tankless water heater, which heats water as it passes through a heat exchanger on the way to the taps, requiring no need to store water.
What advantages does this type of water heater offer?
- Unlimited hot water: The water that moves through a tankless water heater is only heated as it’s needed. When a tap comes on in the house, the movement of water through the water heater activates the heat exchanger. This means that water is always heated up when people in your household require it, and there’s no limited supply that can run out.
- Energy savings: Here’s another advantage of only heating water as it’s required—the system uses much less energy. A storage tank water heater suffers from standby heat loss, forcing the heater to come back on to maintain the same water temperature. A tankless system only uses heat when there’s a hot water demand, and there’s no standby heat loss because there’s no tank.
- Extended lifespan: Without the pressures of water in a tank and the almost constant expenditure of energy that a storage tank water heater suffers from, a tankless system endures much less work stress. Because of this, you can expect a tankless system to last much longer than other types of water heaters.
To find out more about tankless water heaters, call on the team at Sweetwater Plumbing. We provide service to Upland, CA and throughout Southern California.