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“What Is an On Demand Water Heater and Do I Need One?”

white question mark on a blue backgroundIf you’ve heard the term “on demand water heater” for the first time, you might be wondering what it is. After all, aren’t water heaters those huge systems you see in garages or maybe in storage closets in homes? Well yes, those are tank water heaters and they’re the more traditional water heater type. The other type, growing in popularity, is the on-demand, tankless water heater.

On demand water heaters provide homeowners with reliable hot water without the use of a bulky storage tank in the garage or hall closet. Tankless systems are a great choice for most homeowners, but is one right for you?

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless, on demand water heaters are great systems that can help you get a steady flow of hot water from your taps, with a number of benefits. Read on as we uncover some of the biggest perks of a tankless system so you can learn if one is right for your specific needs.

  • Energy Efficient: Tankless systems only heat up water as it is requested from a tap or plumbing appliance in the home. This means there is no loss of energy from keeping hot water in a large tank that has to be reheated on a regular basis. This is what’s known as “standby heat loss” and wastes a lot of energy. Alternatively, the tankless system has no standby water, and therefore no standby heat loss.
  • Reduced Water Use: Instead of keeping gallons of water on standby, a tankless systems only uses water when it needs to be heated for use. This means you save a lot of water with a tankless system too.
  • Saved Space: Tankless water heaters, as the name implies, don’t use large storage tanks. Because of this, they save a lot of space. Normally, a tank water heater would have to be installed in a garage space or even a closet within the home. But with a tankless system, it can be mounted up on a wall, even outside of the property if you prefer, which saves considerable space.
  • You Won’t “Run Out” of Hot Water: Now, a tankless system can be overwhelmed, if there are too many taps or appliances demanding hot water all at once. But unlike a storage tank water heater, it won’t “run out” of hot water, leaving household members with cold showers or no hot water to clean with.

Is A Tankless System Right for You?

If you’re already on the market for a new water heater, you’d do well to consider the tankless system. The question you should ask your plumbing professional is, “is this the best option for me?” Consider these factors in your decision:

  • If your current water heater is aging (10-15 years old)
  • If you want to use less water and less energy
  • If you need access to more hot water, or less

We’ll help you make an informed decision based on your answers to these questions.

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today to learn more about on demand water heaters in Tacoma, WA! We take your comfort as serious as you do.

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