Birmingham Tankless Water Heaters
On Demand Water Heater Services
You may have heard tankless water heaters referred to as on-demand water heaters or instant water heaters. This is because, when you turn on the hot water tap, the water is instantaneously heated as it flows through the tankless water heater device. Tankless water heaters supply hot water only as needed, negating the need for a storage tank and the use of continuous fuel to keep the stored water hot for usage.
How Tankless Water Heaters Work
Tankless water heaters employ powerful heat exchangers. A heat exchanger is a device used to transfer heat from one source to another, and these are commonly found in air conditioners, refrigerators, and car radiators. In a tankless water heater system, this heat exchanger is activated by the flow of water so that, when you turn on the tap, the water is instantly heated to that piping hot temperature you want for your shower of faucet. The heat is generated by electric coils or a gas-fired burner.
Types of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heater systems are available in point of use or whole house configurations. Point-of-use water heaters are small and can be hidden from view beneath a sink or in another location and only provide hot water to a single outlet, such as a kitchen sink. Whole-house tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are larger and more expensive but can operate multiple outlets throughout your home. At Southern Home Services of Birmingham, our plumbing technicians are proficient in installation and maintenance of both types of tankless water heaters and have the necessary knowledge to help you determine which is best suited for your home.
Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
With tankless water heaters, you eliminate the ‘back-up’ hot water supply by negating the water heater tank that is typically stored in a closet or the garage. This means that there is no constant source of energy being used to maintain the water temperature. This will help lower your energy costs, with a more efficient functionality that helps conserve energy and lower the out-of-pocket costs throughout the year.
It also means less space is needed for your water heater system. At the same time, by installing point-of-use tankless water heaters, you reduce lag time, or the time it takes for the hot water to reach the tap you have turned on. Lag time uses excess water, which wastes another valuable resource and increases the price of your monthly water bill. Because lag time can be as much as several minutes, having the point-of-use heater located near the water source allows for conserving water and having more immediate results when hot water is needed.
If you are considering switching to a tankless hot water heater system, be sure to contact the Birmingham tankless water heater experts at Southern Home Services to discuss installation options. We are ready and available to help you with all your water heater installation and repair needs!