Tired of running out of hot water and suffering through cold showers? Then consider switching to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters (also referred to as “On-Demand Water Heaters) heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. They provide a constant supply of hot water and you don’t need to wait for a storage tank to re-heat during or after use. A standard tankless water heater can provide hot water at flow rates exceeding 11 gallons per minute (depending on temperature rise). A homeowner can expect to see approximately 6 gallons per minute of shower temperature water, allowing for 2 showers at the same time (assuming 2.5 gpm or less shower heads).
Why Storage Water Heaters Are Becoming Obsolete
Have you ever noticed how, in some houses, if you get into the shower shortly after another person has finished showering, that your shower quickly turns cold? That is because storage water heaters can only provide a portion of the stored hot water before the supply runs out, and then you are forced to wait until the storage temperature has increased to provide adequately hot water. 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.
In order to keep the water in the tank hot, storage water heaters consume energy 24/7. 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 is not being used, the heater operates periodically to keep the water warm. This is often referred to 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 ARE USING HOT WATER, enabling homeowners to cut water heating expenses by 30% or more. According to ENERGY STAR, a typical family can save more than $2000 on gas bills over the lifespan of a tankless water heater. The more hot water you and your family typically use, 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 that is TWICE that of a standard storage water heater, 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.