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When Are Tankless Water Heaters A More Efficient Heating Option?

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As homeowners increasingly embrace new technology to increase their home's efficiency and decrease it's environmental impact, you may not be surprised to learn that many American households are now switching to a tankless water system. A standard tank heater heats and stores water in an insulated tank, where it is held until it is either used or flushed from the system. By only heating as much water as is needed, tankless heaters reduce wasted water and energy and provide a steadier flow of hot water that doesn't need to be reheated in bursts. If you are intrigued by the possibilities of heating your water without relying on a tank, read on to discover whether or not a tankless water heater is the right choice for your home.

Supplementing An Existing Water Heater

A tankless water heater does not necessarily need to replace your old system but can instead give it a boost as needed. You may, for example, be tired of your shower running cold every time someone else in the household begins a load of laundry. Installing a tankless heater on the shower or washer can take pressure off an already overburdened system and ensure that your hot water doesn't run out at the worst possible time. Other supplemental uses for tankless heaters include backing up solar water heaters and heating water in appliances that are far away from the central heater. 

Supplying Hot Water For Radiant Heating

If you are renovating your home for greater energy efficiency, you may already be familiar with the concept of radiant heating. Radiant heat is not piped through ducts, where it can dissipate before actually reaching your family, but is instead directed through your floors or walls. As you walk across your floor, heat transfers directly to your body, and the remainder rises from the ground up for more comprehensive coverage of the living space you actually inhabit. Tankless water heaters are available for this more general heating system, providing additional efficiency to cover all of your heating needs. 

Understanding Your Personal Water Usage

The primary limitation for most households using a tankless water heater is their average water consumption. The Department of Energy estimates that tankless water heaters are as much as 34 percent more effective in homes that use less than 41 gallons of water per day. If your household uses more than 86 gallons per day, that efficiency boost shrinks to 14 percent. Similarly, tankless systems can become stressed when multiple sources of water are running at the same time. Although their longevity and energy efficiency often make tankless heaters a wise investment for homeowners, consult with your own water supplier and local housing contractors to get a better feel for what heating system will work best for your family. 

For tankless water heater installation, contact a company such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.