Home Remodeling Made Simple: How Tankless Water Heaters Compare | Bethesda, MD
When to comes to home remodeling, the choices are endless, and not every home (or homeowner) has or needs the same thing. But one thing that seems to prevail cross the board is how consistently homes are stocked with regular, run-of-the-mill water heaters; those noisy behemoths that sit in the corner of the basement and consume, consume, consume.
Consider, if you will, the tankless water heater.
Often used in smaller affairs, and popular among foreign countries where space is limited, tankless water heaters are cheaper to run, make much less noise, and take up less square footage as compared to traditional, residential water heaters.
So if these products are so great, why doesn't every home have one? That's a great question. We'll provide some information on the subject and let you decide what the American consumer is missing out on.
How Tankless Water Heaters Function
Compared to the traditional water heater, which stores large amounts of water inside its tank and keeps it all at a consistent temperature, tankless water heaters provide heated water "on demand."
Typically, inside the unit (which is usually the size of an electrical fuse box), the water line is split. One side travels direct from the source (cold). Whereas the other line (hot) travels through a heat exchange, and when the tap is turned to hot, the water is heated as desired by gas or electric means.
Power and Heat Source
Much like traditional water heaters, tankless versions are powered through electric or gas, wherein the gas units require venting (just as traditional water heaters do). But for the controls, an electrical outlet is required for the unit to work. Running the unit is much cheaper than a traditional water heater, but the up front cost is a but higher.
Versions of Tankless Water Heaters
There are two different types of tankless water heaters. One is a "point of use" unit, installed for a particular water source. The other is an entire system unit designed for whole houses. The point of use units aren't typically used for entire homes, and are most often used as a power booster. The type, and design a particular home would need depends on the family.
If you grew up in large family, you know that sharing hot water in the morning becomes a war of attrition. You have to share, or the last few people will be bathing in freezing water. However, for tankless water heaters, this is not possible (in a sense).
Tankless water heaters function on a gallon per minute system. That is, while they won't "run out of" hot water, the amount per minute is limited to a finite amount of gpm. So, conceptually, an entire family could benefit, and never experience being last in line to take a cold shower.
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