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The Amazing Secret Powers of Tankless Water Heaters

gas-fire-boilerThe tankless water heater.

When you first hear the term, it sounds almost impossible. Like an engineless car, or a wingless plane. But we can assure you, tankless water heaters are real, and they work. They often work much better for homes than the standard storage tank water heaters. It’s almost like they have superpowers.

The technology of the tankless water heater isn’t the stuff of comic books, however. We’re going to go behind the scenes and show you these “secret” powers and the way they can benefit your household. To learn more about tankless water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA homes and to see if one is a great match for your household, speak to our experts.

Water On-Demand

Heating water “on-demand” is at the core of the abilities and benefits of a tankless water heater. The standard storage tank water heater doesn’t heat water as it’s needed—it just keeps water heated and stored, waiting until a tap comes on. With a tankless water heater, there’s no stored water. As soon as a tap comes on requesting hot water, the flow of water through the tankless unit causes gas burners to activate and begin heating the water through heat exchangers. When there’s no more demand for hot water, the system turns the burners off.

Saving Money

The first special power the “on-demand” operation gives a tankless water heater is a reduction in energy use. And that means a reduction in household utility bills. A storage tank water heater must work regularly, whether there’s demand for water or not, to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank. The water keeps cooling down as heat escapes from the tank (this is called standby energy loss), forcing the gas jets to turn back on. A tankless system uses energy when water is needed, and this significantly cuts down on energy use.

No Running Out of Hot Water

Nobody likes to start the morning with a lukewarm shower because the rest of the family already drained the hot water tank with their showers. The water heater has to take time to reheat a new tank of hot water. But this isn’t a problem with a tankless water heater, which doesn’t have a supply to drain. It heats water as needed, so you’ll always have hot water. (A tankless system can be overwhelmed if multiple taps are on at once. Installers can help avoid this with proper sizing.)

Long Equipment Life

Less energy use, no massive tank that can corrode … these help tankless water heaters enjoy longer service lives than storage tank models. You’ll have more years to enjoy those great energy savings and other benefits. Plus, you can expect fewer repair concerns.

Going tankless isn’t ideal for all homes—therefore it’s vital you call our experts before making any choice about the type of water heater to install. We’ll ensure you end up with the correct model to meet your household’s demands for hot water and fit your short-term and long-term budget plans.

Husted Plumbing serves the Greater Santa Barbara and Ventura County Area. Find out more about tankless water heaters with a call to us.

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