Tankless Water Heater

The main difference between a tankless water heater and a conventional water heater is a conventional water heater uses a storage tank of hot water and a tankless water heater heats the water on demand.

So, with a conventional system, you are heating up to 40 gallons of water continuously whether you use it or not. For example when you are at work and not using your hot water, you are still heating that 40 gallons of water. It’s a waste of energy.
Now, saving money is not necessarily the object here. If you hate waste like I do then this is the route for you. Keep in mind these units are more expensive and you will only save about 70 to 100 dollars a year depending on your use. The payback period does take awhile. I’m talking about the whole house units of course in the above paragraph.

With a tankless hot water heater, the water is heated in a small chamber as it runs through the chamber when you turn on your hot water tap.

Here on our blog, we will take some of the mystery out of deciding on a tankless system and help you with your decision.

The first decision to make is what you want to accomplish with your tankless hot water heater. There are a couple of basic types, one being a point of use type and another being a total hot water supply.

If you are wanting to step up your hot water from your existing unit in the case of a long run to your fixture, a point of use unit is what you are looking for. Usually these are electric.

The other option is the unit that heats all of the hot water to your house. These units can be electric, gas or oil fired hot water heaters.

So you can think of this site as your buying guide, installation guide and general maintenance information.
I will go through each manufacturer’s energy saving data, hot water storage and examples such as how much
hot water you would need for a typical shower. I will go through the benefits and disadvantages of the different
systems and whether they are electric, gas or even oil fired units.

I will go through flow rate, gpm needed for a typical kitchen sink.
The need for venting is always a concern for indoor units and attention to local codes when installing a
tanklesss hot water system.

From your admin Mark Saville.