Going Tankless: The New Way To Heat Your Water
by HGExpo.com on 05/02/2014 - 03:06 pm
Category: Home Technology
By Bryan Rutkosky
BER’s HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing
There’s nothing much worse than getting up in the morning, turning the shower on, and getting blasted by a bitterly cold stream of water. Unless you live alone, though, you’ve probably also experienced the effects of the oh-so-unpleasant empty hot water tank. As those who own tankless water heaters can attest, mornings don’t have to start off badly thanks to on-demand water heating technology.
With a tankless system, cold water immediately feeds into the heater once you turn a faucet on. In a flash, water is heated and distributed. It’s a one-pass system that pretty much provides a never-ending supply of hot water.
Tankless water heaters work off of modulating technology, meaning they fire up at different BTU rates. When demand goes up, BTUs adjust upward, and when demand goes down, BTU consumption decreases. When there’s no demand, there’s no waste of energy, as the tank only turns on as needed.
Traditional water heaters are a different story. On average, they hold anywhere from 40 to 50 gallons of water, which is heated around the clock. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that a full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while a five-minute shower consumes about 10 to 25 gallons. Especially in the case of multi-person households, old-school tanks just can’t keep up for very long—thus the cold shower shock.
A lot of people assume small, tankless, wall-mount heaters could never keep up with their old, clunky predecessors, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The tankless water heaters we sell can supply up to a three-bathroom house. Three showers can be running simultaneously, all without the fear of running out of warm water. With a standard tank, you’d be out of hot water by the second shower.
In addition to saving space, these tiny-but-mighty heaters are 95% efficient, leaving behind a small environmental footprint.
Not all heaters are created equally, so we sell Rheem tankless water heaters, which come with a 15-year heat exchanger warranty, a five-year parts guarantee, and one year of free labor.
Bryan Rutkosky is licensed in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. BER’s HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Energy Auditing is based out of Brunswick and serves all of Northeast Ohio. Contact BER’s by phone at 440-845-6887 to schedule a free estimate, and visit the company online at www.BersHeating.com.