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The Science Behind Tankless Water Heaters

Have you ever seen one of those magic tricks where a faucet pours freshwater, only for it to be revealed that there’s no source behind the faucet head? Believe it or not, many of our customers in the area believe that’s how a tankless water heater works. Honestly, too many people think that their hot water just magically comes hot, since it doesn’t come from a hot water tank, where does it come from?

Well, today we’re going to answer that question. We’ll talk about the science behind tankless water heaters in Bloomington, IL. We can dive into specifics about how these systems work, how much energy they consume, and what kinds of homes would be perfect for them.

It’s not magic, but it’s still fun to understand how your water heater works—especially if you ever run into any problems with it!

Tankless Means No Tank

We get that this bit of information might be obvious, but stick with us. Traditionally, tanks were used to hold water and heat them to a reasonable degree to be used by you when you turn on the shower, faucet, or laundry machine. Utilizing a tank meant that only so much water could be kept at this temperature before the tank ran out and had to refill. Many of you out there might find this situation familiar, where you’re waiting on your tank water heater to refill and your shower suddenly turns cold since there’s no hot water left! This can be incredibly frustrating and has really been a tough conundrum to crack through the past 30 years.

Instant Heating

What if we just cut the tank out of the equation entirely? By streaming water through a pipe that’s superheated by a gas burner, couldn’t you effectively provide instant hot water without the need for a tank? Eureka! That’s exactly how a tankless water heater works! By using a continual stream of water that’s heated to appropriate temperatures when you need it, you get access to unlimited hot water.

Also, keep in mind that a conventional tank water heater requires the tank to be heated for the whole day. If you decide to run a hot faucet at any point, the water must be heated at that moment for the faucet to work. This results in something called standby heat loss, which means energy is constantly being wasted to keep your hot water tank heated. With a tankless system, this waste never happens. Tankless water heaters have earned a reputation for being much more energy-efficient than their conventional counterparts, because they don’t waste energy keeping a tank hot and only burn fuel when it’s needed!

Is It Right for Your Home?

That’s the most important question to ponder. If you’ve got a family that’s constantly upset because their hot water isn’t lasting enough for reoccurring showers or baths, then a tank water heater might solve those problems while lowering your bills. Though, if you’ve got multiple bathrooms and different people all using hot water at the same time, you’ll need to make sure your tankless system is sized correctly to handle your hot water usage, otherwise your water will come up cold!

Call the pros at Pipeworks Inc. for quality tankless water heater service.

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