Is there always a fight in your home about who gets to shower first because the hot water runs out fast?
Hot water tanks do a good job of heating your water, but there is a finite supply of water in them. If you don’t have one big enough to meet the needs of your family, you will have the home version of the Amazing Race to see who can get the full benefit of the hot shower.
But what do you do? That is the only way to go, isn’t it? The good news is that you now get systems that don’t require a tank to operate. Instead of having a reserve of hot water that can run out, this system heats the water in the pipes – giving you piping hot water every single time.
How good are these systems? Let’s have a look.
Lower Energy Requirements
A normal tank-based system wastes a lot of energy because it is designed to keep the water in it hot all day. These old-fashioned tank-based systems are like the Cadillac of home appliances. They work, and they work well, but they are real gas guzzlers.
The newer warmers without the tanks were designed to be a lot more energy efficient. Because they can heat water on demand, they are between 24% and 34% more effective than your standard system.
In a standard tank-based system, there is always going to be a certain amount of sediment that builds up in the tank. This is fairly easily dealt with by flushing the tank annually, but it can still be a nuisance. No tank means that there is no sedimentary buildup.
Cleaner Water on Demand
The other advantage of the newer systems is that you won’t get rust or scale coming through because there is nowhere for them to build up. By the same token, any bacteria that may come through in the water supply are flushed out rather quickly. No tank means no contaminants.
When you just want clean water out of the taps, this is the best option.
Those old tank-based systems are big and bulky – you need to give up a substantial amount of space in your ceiling to accommodate them.
When it comes to safety, it is almost insane the lengths that we go to get hot water. Think of it this way – the tank is a pressurized container filled with scalding hot water. If it is properly maintained, it is relatively safe, but if the safety valve is faulty, it could just explode on you.
No tank means no chance of pressure building up in the system and no reservoir of scalding hot water that could drench the entire area.
Systems without a tank do cost more upfront, but you will start seeing savings in energy immediately. Even if you only save a minimal 24% on heating your water, that still translates into great energy-saving over the lifetime of the system.
Keeping in mind the savings in terms of energy and the reduced maintenance costs, no tank means a system that will pay for itself within a few years.
When it comes to heating the water in your home, a tank-based system will do the job. If you want it done better, though, you need to ditch the tank, and call the pros here at Savannah Water Heater Co.