Storage tank water heating is still the most common form of water heating for homes in the U.S., but it’s not always the most efficient option. With a single tank water heater, a great deal of water has to be kept at a high temperature at all times, and when a faucet or appliance calls for hot water, it first has to exhaust all the cool water already in the pipes between the tank and that faucet. Fortunately, tank water heating isn’t the only water heating option. In many situations, tankless water heating can be more efficient.
What Is Tankless Water Heating?
An on-demand, or tankless, water heater is a heating unit installed along a water pipe near a faucet or appliance. By only heating water when hot water is called for, tankless water heating eliminates standby energy loss. And because it has to flush out less cool water from the pipes, it delivers hot water almost instantly. Tankless water heaters also offer an advantage in that there’s no tank limiting the amount of hot water available, so they won’t run out of hot water.
Possible Cons of Going Tankless
Tankless water heaters are generally more expensive than tank water heaters, and they must be sized just right in order to produce enough water to service multiple faucets or appliances at once. A storage tank water heater often has enough outflow to supply all of a home’s water needs at once until the tank runs out. To counter this downfall and still go tankless, install more than one tankless heater. An experienced plumbing professional can help you determine the best configuration for your home’s
Tankless water heating can be a good option for many households. Learn how it would work in your greater Cincinnati area home by contacting the pros at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing for more information! We’re always happy to help our customers find the HVAC and plumbing solutions best for them.
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