Oh No…Not Again!!

Posted On: March 11, 2013
Shower

Have you experienced this lately, a sudden cold shower when you still have soap in your hair?  Nobody wants to be the last one in line for a shower in the morning.  If your water heater is not keeping up with your family’s needs, maybe it’s time to consider your options.

Conventional water heaters, also called storage or tank style water heaters, are the most common type of water heater in the U.S. today; however, Tankless water heaters are gaining in popularity and offer a great many benefits you may not be aware of.

Conventional tank water heaters operate by transferring heat from a burner or coil to water in an insulated tank.  The standing water in the tank cools (heat loss) and must be heated and re-heated throughout the day to ensure hot water when you need it.  This heating and reheating process increases your energy usage.

Tankless water heaters do not have a storage tank like conventional water heaters.  A gas burner or electric element “instantly” heats the water only when there is a demand for hot water.  By only heating the water as you need it you’ll avoid the heat loss associated with storage tank water heaters, reducing energy usage and saving money on utilities.  A fantastic benefit of tankless water heaters is they can provide endless hot water for your entire family – no more cold showers!

Although tankless water heaters are a higher initial investment than their storage tank counterparts, in the long run you’ll save more in lower utility costs, helping offset the original cost.  In addition, tankless water heaters typically last 2-3 times longer than a conventional water heater.  Conventional water heaters have a shorter life, oftentimes between 9 to 11 years, and can cause serious damage to your home if they rupture.

If you are in the market to replace your water heater consider a tankless water heater, and reap the benefits of lower monthly utility bills, longer equipment life span and no more cold showers!

Sources:

Plumbing, HVAC & Electrical Service in the Minneapolis-St.   Paul Metro Area 1


http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tankless-or-demand-type-water-heaters

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