Tired of running out of hot water and suffering through cold showers? Then consider switching to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. They feature an electric element that heats water on demand, so there’s a constant supply of hot water and you don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. A standard tankless water heater provides hot water at a rate of two to five gallons per minute.
Why Storage Water Heaters Are Becoming Obsolete
Have you ever noticed how in some houses, two people can’t take a shower in different bathrooms at the same time without the water getting cold? That’s because smaller storage water heaters aren’t capable of supplying enough hot water for simultaneous uses. Even running the dishwasher and taking a shower at the same time is too much for some storage water heaters to handle. You can eliminate this problem by installing a “whole house” tankless water heater in your home or by installing separate tankless water heaters for appliances that use hot water, such as your dishwasher or washing machine.
Storage water heaters consume energy 24/7 in order to keep the water in the tank hot. They maintain the water temperature that’s set on the tank, which is usually between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when the hot water in the tank isn’t used, the heater operates periodically to keep the water warm.
Storage water heaters also suffer from what is known as standby loss, which is when energy is wasted to maintain a specific temperature in the tank. Standby loss contributes to up to 20 percent of a home’s annual water heating costs.
Save Energy and Money with a Tankless Water Heater
Generally, 20 percent of a home’s overall energy use comes from heating water with a storage water heater for bathing, washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. This adds up to approximately $450 on an annual basis. Tankless water heaters heat water only when it’s needed, enabling homeowners to cut water heating expenses by 30%. According to ENERGY STAR, a typical family can save more than $100 per year on gas bills by switching to tankless water heater. The larger your family, the more you’ll save.
Another benefit of using tankless water heaters is that they take up far less space in your garage, basement or utility room because they are small and wall-mounted. And although tankless water heaters cost more upfront, they have a life expectancy of 20 years, which is twice that of storage water heaters, so you’re sure to get a good return on investment. In addition, you don’t have to worry about tank leaks and water damages with a tankless water heater.
Looking for High-Efficiency, Tankless Water Heater in Seattle?
MM Comfort Systems has been providing residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, and water heater services in Washington’s greater Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond, and Bellevue areas since 1977. MM Comfort Systems carries the Rinnai tankless water heater, which is perfect for two to three-bathroom homes. Call 425.533.9058 or fill out our online contact form for more information about our tankless water heater services.