Water Heaters connect to a cold water supply pipe and then convert energy to heat and then transfers that warmth to the water. An outgoing hot water pipe, or system of pipes supply the heated water to the appliances in your home.
Conventional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters store heated water in its tank until the hot water is needed. Where as Tankless water heaters bypass the tank and route heated water straight to taps or appliances. When available natural gas is the most efficient fuel for heating water. Sometimes other forms of energy are used with water heaters such as propane and electricity.
How Tankless Water Heaters Work
When a hot water faucet or appliance is turned on the tankless water heaters circulate water through a series of burners or electric coils. Since the water is not being stored in a tank it saves money. Also since the water is not stored in a tank it does not run out of hot water unless the flow exceeds its heating ability. Homeowners that are looking to save money on energy bills by using tankless water heaters by carefully regulating the flow of hot water through the home. Before you purchase a tankless water heater please consult with a plumber or hot water heater supplier to determine if a tankless water heater will fit your needs.
Water Heater Maintenance and Tips
Regardless of whether you go with a traditional tank unit, or shift to a tankless model, you can take certain steps to optimize your hot water usage and save money. Lower the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees to save on heating costs and to prevent scalding. If you have children in the home, your water heater should never exceed the 120 degree limit to prevent serious injury. Small children don’t understand the difference between hot and cold dials on tubs and sinks, so taking this important precaution can easily fend off trips to the emergency room if the unthinkable should happen.
Water Heaters Need Regular Maintenance
A water heater specialist is needed on a regular basis to preform routine inspections on your hot water heater. It is very important that your hot water heater operates as efficiently as possible since inefficient water heaters are the prime source of carbon dioxide poisoning. When possible always think about upgrading your water heater to a new energy star model. Energy Star rated hot water heaters, tankless or otherwise, pay for themselves over time in energy savings, and are an easy way to help reduce energy consumption if you’re concerned about your impact on the environment.