Perhaps to get a better understanding of the benefits of a tankless water heater, a brief description of a tanked water heater system and its drawbacks may help.
A tanked water heater is usually a large, insulated cylinder that holds between 200 liters and 400 liters of water. Usually inside the tank there is an electric thermostat to heat the water, though there are water cylinders that are also heated by gas. Usually floor or wall mounted, the problem with such a heater is the space it takes up. It’s not a problem if you live in a large detached five-bedroom condo, but not so ideal if you live in a three-bedroom flat where space will always be at a premium.
Aside from the space they take up, the other problem with tanked hot water systems is that it takes hours to heat up the water, and if you are a large family, invariably someone ends up having a cold bath or shower when the hot water runs out.
The principal benefit of a tankless hot water system is hot water on demand. That also means that you never run out at crucial times and all members of the family can enjoy having a bath or shower without worrying if the hot water will last. Additionally, tankless water heaters are far more compact, making them a great choice when space is at a premium.
It is worth mentioning that contrary to popular belief, you can get electric tankless water heaters as well as the more-common gas ones.
Tankless water heaters are also more economic, primarily because they are not heating a tank full of water that just sits there, losing heat, when not needed. In the long run, taking into account the cost of the heater and the cost of producing hot water, tankless water heaters generally tend to work out cheaper to run.
One of the most important factors when choosing a tankless water heater is the size of the heater in relation to the number of occupants in the property. The safest way to make sure that you get exactly the right model to perfectly meet your needs would be to give us a call at A&E Air Conditioning and Heater and we will be happy to come out and provide you with a free no-obligation quote.