The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heater

Are you tired of running out of hot water in the middle of your shower? Are you looking for a more energy-efficient and space-saving alternative to traditional water heaters? If so, a tankless water heater might be the perfect solution for you. In this buyer’s guide, our plumbing experts at Dean’s Home Services will delve into the many aspects of tankless water heaters, exploring how they work, the benefits they offer, and key factors to consider when choosing the right unit for your home.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Unlike conventional water heaters that store a large amount of hot water in a tank, tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water directly as it passes through the unit. This means that there is no need for a storage tank, which eliminates the risk of running out of hot water.

Tankless water heaters utilize high-powered burners or electric coils to heat the water rapidly as it flows through the unit. When you turn on a hot water faucet, cold water enters the heater and is quickly heated to the desired temperature before it reaches the outlet. This on-demand heating process ensures a constant supply of hot water whenever you need it, without the need for preheating or storage.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Investing in a tankless water heater brings several advantages to homeowners. Here are some key benefits to consider:

  • Endless hot water: With a tankless water heater, you no longer have to worry about running out of hot water during long showers or when multiple appliances are in use simultaneously.
  • Energy efficiency: Unlike traditional water heaters that constantly heat stored water, leading to energy wastage, tankless water heaters heat water on-demand, resulting in higher energy efficiency and lower utility bills.
  • Space saving: Tankless water heaters, being compact and wall-mounted, offer space-saving benefits by eliminating the need for a large storage tank.
  • Longer life span: Tankless water heaters offer a longer lifespan, often surpassing 20 years, in contrast to the average 10 to 15 years of traditional units, making them a wise and cost-effective long-term investment.
  • Improved water quality: Due to their lack of water storage, tankless water heaters minimize the risk of sediment buildup or rust contamination, leading to enhanced water quality and reduced maintenance requirements.
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How To Choose a Unit: Flow Rate and Temperature Rise

When selecting a tankless water heater for your home, two important factors to consider are the flow rate and temperature rise. Understanding these specifications will ensure that you choose a unit that meets your hot water demands effectively.

Flow Rate

The flow rate refers to the amount of hot water the unit can produce per minute. It’s measured in gallons per minute and varies from model to model. To determine the appropriate flow rate for your household, consider the number of hot water outlets you will be using simultaneously. Some common hot water appliances and fixtures include showers, faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines. Each of these has a specific flow rate requirement.

Temperature Rise

The temperature rise is the difference between the temperature of the incoming cold water and the desired hot water temperature. Tankless water heaters are designed to provide a specific temperature rise at a given flow rate. To determine the required temperature rise for your unit, you need to consider your climate and the desired hot water temperature.

Choose Dean’s for Tankless Water Heater Services

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of selecting a tankless water heater system for your home? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered at Dean’s Home Services. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping homeowners like you choose the perfect solution for their hot water needs. With our extensive industry knowledge, we’ll assess your household requirements and recommend a tankless water heater system that ensures a constant flow of hot water while also saving energy and space. Trust us to guide you through this process with ease and confidence.

Schedule tankless water heater services with Dean’s Home Services when you call 763-515-4852 today!

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