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Don’t Let Your Water Heater Give You The Cold Shoulder
There’s nothing much worse than getting up in the morning, turning the shower on, and getting blasted by a bitterly cold stream of water. Unless you live alone, though, you’ve probably also experienced the effects of the oh-so-unpleasant empty hot water tank. As those who own tankless water heaters can attest, mornings don’t have to start off badly thanks to on-demand water heating technology. With a tankless system, cold water immediately feeds into the heater once you turn a faucet on. In a flash, water is heated and distributed. It’s a one-pass system that pretty much provides a never-ending supply of hot water.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters work off of modulating technology, meaning they fire up at different BTU rates. When demand goes up, BTUs adjust upward, and when demand goes down, BTU consumption decreases. When there’s no demand, there’s no waste of energy, as the tank only turns on as needed.
Traditional Water Heaters
Traditional water heaters are a different story. On average, they hold anywhere from 40 to 50 gallons of water, which is heated around the clock. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that a full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, while a five-minute shower consumes about 10 to 25 gallons. Especially in the case of multi-person households, old-school tanks just can’t keep up for very long—thus the cold shower shock.
A lot of people assume small, tankless, wall-mount heaters could never keep up with their old, clunky predecessors, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The tankless water heaters we sell can supply up to a three-bathroom house. Three showers can be running simultaneously, all without the fear of running out of warm water. With a standard tank, you’d be out of hot water by the second shower. In addition to saving space, these tiny-but-mighty heaters are 95% efficient.