Tankless Water Heaters, also called Instantaneous Water Heaters, heat water as it flows through the device, and does not retain water internally except for what remains in the heat exchanger coil. The advantages of a Tankless Water Heater are many: longer life, increased storage space, lower cost, and an endless torrent of hot water. Typical water heaters are limited to a finite amount of water contained in the storage unit; tankless heaters are not.
How it Works
The heater is activated by flow sensors, which are triggered by the presence of water. A negative feedback loop is utilized to heat water to the preferred temperature. Water circles through a copper heat exchanger, and is warmed by gas or electric power. Because there is no reserve tank, hot water is limitless and theoretically can never run out.
Lower Cost and Greater Longevity
Although installing a tankless water heater is a bit pricy, the upfront cost is compensated in the long run. First off, typical water heaters need to be replaced every ten years. Water heaters are not cheap; it is a costly endeavor. But tankless water heaters last up to three times as long as traditional water heating options. Moreover, they use much less energy, saving the homeowner up to $80 dollars on utilities a month. Traditional water heaters heat water constantly, whereas tankless water heaters only require energy when water is drawn through a heat exchanger as needed.
Increased Space and Safety
One of the shortcomings of a traditional water heater, is that its reserve tank occupies excessive space and is prone to accidents. Usually, a water heater’s reserve tank is located in the garage, where it takes up space and looks unpleasant. What’s more is that these tanks have the potential to break and cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Tankless water heaters are the way of the future, and Parker and Sons is glad to jump on board.