Demand-type water heaters: What are they, and how do they work?
Are you looking to upgrade to a new water heater? If so, you should consider making the switch to one of our demand-type water heaters. These systems are great, and you’ll love having one in your home.
In this blog post, we’ll review what demand-type water heaters are, how they work, and the benefits of making the change.
What are demand-type water heaters?
Also known as tankless water heaters, demand-type water heaters are a new alternative to the “traditional water heater” that has been the standard in American homes for decades. Efficient, effective, and long-lasting, demand-types are, well, in demand here in Buffalo and Western New York.
What’s the main benefit of switching to a tankless system?
Demand-type water heaters cannot run out of water like a typical water heater. In fact, they can supply a near-infinite amount of hot water for you and your family. That’s unlimited hot water for showering, dishes, laundry, and more.
How do they work?
In contrast to standard water heaters, which heat water in a tank and maintain it at temp until it’s needed, demand-types heat water as needed in your home. This is accomplished by running cold water from the tap past heating elements inside the unit, which quickly warm the passing water until it’s at the desired temperature.
If you think about it, the name itself makes sense. When you demand hot water, you’ve got it. Since the system heats water as needed, you can’t “run out” of hot water like with a standard system.
That means fewer cold showers in the morning for your family.
What about energy-efficiency?
Depending on how much water your family uses on a daily basis, tankless water heaters are anywhere between 24-34% more energy-efficient than standard units, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
That may not seem like much. However, over the 20+ year lifespan of the system, those savings can really add up. In fact, over time, your energy savings will exceed the additional cost of upgrading from a standard to tankless unit altogether.
What are some other benefits?
Many tankless water heaters are wall-mounted. A standard water heater can take up a significant amount of real estate in your garage or utility closet. With a mounted tankless system, you can get that floorspace back.
Tankless water heaters don’t have a tank, which means they don’t present the same leak or burst risk that a traditional water heater does. Plus, as we alluded to earlier, tankless systems last longer and run better, often past the two-decade mark.
How do I learn more?
If you live here in Buffalo and Western New York, start by contacting Reimer. We’re more than happy to review our selection of tankless water heaters with you and answer any questions you have.