Although tankless water heaters are the standard in Europe and Asia, many North Americans are baffled by the concept of hot water without a tank.
Imagine a houseful of guests (or worse – teenagers) who all want to take showers. A standard tank hot water heater will be great for the first couple of showers (maybe) and then it’s a long wait for more hot water.
With a tankless hot water heater (see sizing requirements below) you can expect to take 2 showers simultaneously with no time limit.
Also, for the energy and fiscally conscious among us, tankless water heaters will save money from day one, and by lasting longer give you a lower life cycle cost. With traditional tanks the heater will operate periodically even though no hot water is being used due to the tank’s standby losses. These losses are due to the heat conducted and radiated from the walls of the tank and through the flue pipe. They represent 10% to 20% of a household’s annual water heating costs.
Here are some important advantages to going tankless:
– Convenience: Tankless hot water heaters do not run out of hot water. They keep producing hot water for as long as the hot water tap is open.
– Energy Cost: Tankless hot water heaters cost a lot less to run than a traditional tank. A typical tankless unit will run at 85-90% overall efficiency, compared to a typical tank that will perform in the range of 55-60% (including losses).
– Longetivity: A tankless unit will outlive several hot water tanks.
– Direct venting: Some of our tankless heaters have direct venting, which means that combustion air is taken directly from outside (through a pipe), and does not draw additional cold air through cracks into your home.
– Space saver: TWH’s are very compact.
– Bacteria: TWH’s store only cold water, reducing the risk of bacteria growth.