What Are Tankless Water Heaters?

Is it time to ditch the tank on your gas hot water system?

water heaters Wake County, NC From your morning shower to running the dishwasher after dinner, so much of your daily life depends on a steady flow of hot water. Choosing the right water heater is an important decision.

With often volatile energy prices and a desire to limit their impact on the environment, many of our customers in Wake County and surrounding communities are looking to heat water more efficiently. Hot water comprises nearly 20% of the average home’s energy usage, so this is a good place for households to save energy.

Enter tankless water heaters — a technology that’s boosting hot water generation and slashing fuel bills in North Carolina. At LG Jordan Oil & Gas, we’re here to guide you to the ideal tankless water heating system.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

While traditional water heaters store and heat water in a tank to distribute through your home, tankless water heaters (also called on-demand water heaters) only heat water when you need it. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit, where a gas burner heats it. As a result, a tankless unit that’s properly sized for your home can provide a continuous supply of hot water.

Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Traditional storage tank water heaters tend to be less expensive to purchase, but they have considerable shortcomings compared to tankless products. Tankless water heaters can be as much as 34% more efficient than traditional units , according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Traditional water heaters typically last 10-13 years and are prone to rust, corrosion, and energy inefficiency as they age. Because tankless water heaters have less exposure to corrosive particles in water, they can last 20 years or more. Tankless water heaters are also more compact than traditional water heaters, typically saving you about 12 square feet of floor space.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Generally speaking, you’re likely to experience some considerable benefits from going tankless. Whether you use propane or natural gas to fuel your tankless water heater, you’ll enjoy the luxury of endless hot water at your fingertips. The reason is that on-demand systems don’t need to “recover” hot water in a tank. With an experienced HVAC technician like those at LG Jordan, you can choose a model with a flow rate perfectly suited to your household’s needs.

Tankless systems are exceptionally efficient because they eliminate “standby losses.” In traditional units, you need to heat and reheat a tank of unused water. On-demand systems only heat water as needed. This prevents a lot of fuel usage — which is great for the planet and your home budget!

LG Jordan Oil & Gas — We’re Here for Your Water Heating Needs!

Transitioning to a tankless water heater is a step towards a more efficient and convenient home. At LG Jordan Oil & Gas, we understand this technology and its value to homeowners. Our team is available to help you through every step of the process, including selecting a product, installing it and keeping it running at top performance for years to come. With our help, you’ll enjoy longer, less expensive showers whenever you need them.

Come to our Apex showroom to explore your tankless water heater options. Contact LG Jordan if you need any guidance on hot water equipment.