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  • A Closer Look at Tankless Water Heaters


    [caption id="attachment_8440" align="alignleft" width="300"] Space and money saver! Or is it?[/caption]

    This article from Apartment Therapy sent me on a quest around the web to get to the bottom of the benefits of a "tankless" water heater. They sound like the next step in home utility efficiency. They are smaller, less bulky, require less energy and can replace your old water heater in less than a day. But I had always heard, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so I wanted to go deeper. What I found out made me realize that there is more to the tank/tankless water heater discussion than meets the eye.

    A little background: traditional water heaters store about 20- 80 gallons of water and continuously keep it warmed all hours of the day, which can be a huge squander of resources during the times when you're asleep or at work. While they do have lots of insulation to minimize heat loss, due to the magic of thermodynamics, the heating units still have to work to maintain water temperature throughout the day. "Tankless" or "demand" water heaters ditch the giant tank of water idly sitting in your basement and instead heats water as it flows through the device using a gas burner or an electric element. When you turn on the faucet for hot water, the device turns on, and once the faucet is off, it turns off, thus eliminating the stand-by time of hot water.

    The New York Times brought up some of the drawbacks which include the lag time and the initial price. The lag time (the delay between moment you turn on the faucet and the hot water reaching its destination) is caused by the fresh, hot water needing to push all the water sitting in the pipes between the heater and the faucet out before the heated water can reach its destination. This causes an excess of water waste but can be easily solved by placing the heating unit closer to the sink, shower, dishwasher, etc.

    Luckily, the compact size of the tankless water heater means it can be hidden in a closet or under a sink. And for more tips on upgrading your home, take a look at our blog. And if you’re looking for a house for rent in Cleveland, OH, take a look at our Cleveland rental properties and call Reilly Painting and Contracting for all your Home Mechanic and remodeling needs. If you’re looking to rent out your home at any time of the year, we are also a property management company for anyone looking to rent out a home without the hassle.

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