When individuals take a hot shower or turn on the water to wash their hands they rarely think about how the water was heated before it reached the faucet. You may not even think about the cost of heating your water when you pay the water bill. However, did you know that the amount of energy used to heat water is second only to heating your house?
Fortunately, there is another option when it comes to water heaters. You can switch to a tankless system. These on-demand units are easily installed by a qualified plumber. However, depending on your needs, they may not be more efficient or cost-effective.
A tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater, provides hot water instantly right in the spot you need it. When you turn on the tap the water travels through the heating unit on its way to the faucet. The heat source can be gas, electricity, or propane. Small units can be installed directly underneath a sink. Larger units that provide water to the entire house are usually installed in a central location.
There are several advantages to an on-demand system including the following:
While the advantages are many there are also disadvantages to these units. Depending on your situation, the disadvantages may be drastic enough that you should stay with a conventional storage water heater. The disadvantages include the following:
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