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How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Posted: December 12, 2022

What Are Its Benefits?

tankless water heater north carolina Water heaters are workhorses. And they often get taken for granted. It’s only when one breaks down that most people realize how much they really do. Think about this: You probably use 65 gallons of hot water a day. You need hot water to bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. Water heating accounts for roughly 20% of most households’ energy costs.

Considering how much water heating can affect the energy bills for your North Carolina home, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t want to heat more water than you need to. That’s one of the reasons tankless water heaters have become so popular. They’re more energy efficient than conventional water heaters with a tank. And they provide an almost instantaneous and unlimited supply of hot water.

How Does It Work?

When someone opens a hot water faucet, cold water flows through a heat exchanger in the water heater and either a gas burner or electric heating element heats the water. If you’re trying to decide between gas and electric, know that a gas-fired tankless water heater is capable of producing a higher flow rate than an electric one.

Benefits to Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters give you hot water on demand. They’re more energy-efficient and space efficient than traditional water heaters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of having a tankless water heater:

With a tankless water heater, you get unlimited hot water. There’s no waiting for the water heater to heat more water once the water in the tank has been depleted. With a traditional water heater, once the hot water in the tank is used up, you have to wait for more water to be heated. That’s especially problematic if everyone in your family likes to shower around the same time.

Tankless water heaters are energy efficient. With a traditional water heater, it’s common for the same quantity of water to be heated over and over again while it’s waiting to be used. Especially during the winter months when the water starts off colder and may cool down more quickly in your cold basement, that can add up to a lot of wasted energy. Tankless water heaters only work when there’s a demand for hot water. That difference could save you as much as 40% on your bills with a tankless water heater versus a traditional water heater.

Tankless water heaters don’t take up a lot of space. They’re about the size of a carry-on suitcase. That means that you have a lot of flexibility in choosing where to put your water heater. In fact, you can install one on virtually any wall inside or outside of your home. Better yet, you can put yours out of sight in a closet or crawl space.

Tankless water heaters last a long time. Conventional water heaters tend to last about 10 years. The average lifespan of a tankless water heater is 18 years.

Choose Cherry Energy

Cherry Energy is here to help you enjoy the efficient comfort of a propane tankless water heater. We perform every water heater installation quickly, neatly, and safely. Just visit us in person or check out our online showroom to find the water heater that’s right for your household.

Contact Cherry Energy today to learn more about propane tankless water heaters. You may even qualify for a $150 rebate!