How can tankless water heaters help reduce your carbon footprint?
We all know, hopefully, that one of the major energy leeches in your home, and by association, wallet leeches, is your water heater. Especially if you have a standard issue tank type water heater. The larger the water tank, typically, the higher the cost will be for your home. It is of course not just about the size of the water heater tank, but also about the way that water is used in your home.
A very good alternative to a standard, in-home tanked water heater is a tankless water heater. In addition, a tankless water heater is also much more economical in terms of keeping things green via reducing your carbon footprint. It does this by severely reducing you or your family’s green house gas emissions. So what is a tankless water heat?
Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed so that they are much more cost efficient than regular, standard issue tank water heaters that can really run up your water bill. Tankless water heaters are also known as instantaneous water heaters or as demand-type water heaters.
Here’s how they work: Tankless water heaters warm up your water directly through the use of a storage tank. When one’s hot water tap is turned on only cold water will travel through the unit. Typically, a gas or electric heating element will then warm up the water. Because of this, a tankless water heater will be a constant and reliable source of hot water. Additionally, this means that you do not have to wait for a storage tank to fill up and heat before you use the hot water.
However, because of a tankless water heaters impressive output severely limits it’s flow rate of in-house water. Most tankless water heaters will provide you with a hot water rate of about two to five galleons every single minute. Also, a gas powered tankless water heater will have a higher flow rate of water than a electric one, so that is something one should keep in mind.
The obvious limitation of a tankless water heater, regardless of whether or not it is gas or electric powered one, is that it will be wholly unable to simultaneously heat multiple outlets of water in a relatively large sized home. However, if one has the resources, this limitation can be easily overcome by the simple installation of multiple tankless water heaters throughout your house for every major water outlet, that way your water is always heated properly and immediately.
Get back control of your Naperville home! Call Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. at (630) 577-9241 for professional tankless water heater services.