Imagine it’s Thanksgiving, and your suburban household is filled with guests that have flown in from all over the country to spend the weekend with you and your family. Everyone needs a nice shower each morning, but if you are in line behind your cousins and in-laws, lack of hot water can become a severe problem in the household. In such circumstances, tankless water heaters can come to your rescue.
If you are wondering how to use a tankless water heater, you have arrived at the right place! The idea behind a tankless water system is that the water will get heated as the need for hot water arises instead of continually heating and getting stored in a tank.
But how does a tankless hot water heater work to provide hot water whenever needed? Let’s find out!
How Does a Tankless Hot Water Heater Work?
A tankless water heater does not contain a storage tank as traditional heaters do. It works by heating up water without a tank. When you turn on the hot water faucet, cold water gets transported through a pipe into the heater unit. Then, an electric component or a gas burner heats the water. Consequently, a tankless water heater provides a continuous stream of hot water. There is no need for you to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water before you can use it.
A standard tankless water heater supplies hot water at a rate of 3 to 6 gallons per minute. Tankless water heaters with electric components produce lower flow rates than ones with gas-fired burners. However, if you live in a large household, one tankless water heater will not be able to supply enough hot water for simultaneous and multiple uses. For example, if you want to run the dishwasher and take a bath simultaneously, you might not get the continuous supply you wanted. You can overcome this problem by installing 2 or more tankless water heaters for hot water’s simultaneous demands.
Tankless heaters have been used in Japan and all over Europe for quite some time now, but they have only recently gained popularity in the United States. If you install a tankless heater system, you can save a substantial amount of money every year on your monthly bills and conserve natural gas! A tankless water heater lasts about 5 to 10 years longer than a traditional heater, takes up much less space, and provides an unlimited amount of hot water as needed.
Buying a Tankless Water Heater
Once you have learned how to use a tankless water heater, you are ready to make your purchase! In order to determine the optimal size of tankless water heater for your household, you must understand how the size of the water heater, the water demand, and heating capability plays a part:
- A tankless water heater’s size is related to its rating.
- The rating of a tankless water heater is defined by the amount of heat the unit can produce with a specific amount of water.
- The flow rate is the volume of water that passes via an individual output every minute.
To get the best tankless water heater for your house, you must know which unit size is capable of heating the collective flow rate of all the outputs that you will connect to the system. You should never settle for a heater that does not fulfill your size needs just to save some money.
Once you have learned how to use a tankless water heater, contact JVS Plumbing Co. by calling (847) 702-2111 for a consultation and get a quote today! We sell 2 types of tankless water heater systems and can help you find the best one to suit your needs.