Hot Water On Demand
Tankless hot water systems that provide hot water on demand are slowly catching on in North America.
As a youngster growing up in England we called them immersion heaters and they have been popular in Europe for about 40 years.
These systems don’t require a full tank to be constantly heated in order to provide hot water on demand. Instead, small units located along the pipeline supply, close to the faucet(s), heat the water as it passes through. This system uses a process that is similar to the way a coffeemaker or dishwasher delivers hot water.
The idea is logical: heat the water only when you need it, and heat only as much as you need, instead of storing it in large quantities for the next time you want it.
As owners we can expect:
Constant comfort: Over 200 gallons of hot water delivered per hour, and every hour!
Low operating costs: Energy efficient water heaters
Advanced technology: Designed and built to last 20 years
Easy handling: Small, lightweight and hangs on wall (requiring less space)
Hot water on demand: Supply hot water to two major uses at a time.
These units are not inexpensive, and you may require more than one, depending on the size of your home. However, they offer a practical approach to energy efficiency that can save money over time, and may help claim some new living or storage space as well.
Tank less water heaters enhance energy conservation methods in residential (and commercial) installations, and improve the internal environment quality in your living area with a direct vent system that prevents negative pressure.
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