5 benefits of point-of-use tankless water heaters
June 17, 2016
Sometimes you hit a point during the day where you need a boost, like a cup of coffee. Household water supplies work in the same way – at times, the distance water has to travel is just too much for the system.
Give your home or commercial building a boost by installing an EcoSmart point-of-use tankless water heater:
1. High water pressure and temperatures
Older buildings sometimes have flaws in building envelope design, where certain pipes don’t give as much pressure as others. This can be problematic for places that use older water heater systems, as they just don’t have a way of getting the water there.
EcoSmart can be placed right at the source to provide an immediate boost in water pressure that could only otherwise be achieved with a complete retrofit of the system and partial reconstruction of piping. By simply connecting older parts to a brand new tankless water heater, the end user can enjoy consistent and reliable warm water.
By moving the tankless water heater closer to the source, homeowners will also benefit from quicker water heating times, which can mean less water consumption as there’s less of a waiting time for warm water to come out of the faucet.
2. Environmentally friendly
Wasting energy can result in a larger carbon footprint than a building may have initially expected. As the world tries to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, the task will fall on homeowners and commercial building owners to find a way to stop polluting the air.
A point-of-use water heater can be used in conjunction with a tank water heater to weed out any form of standby heat loss. This occurs when water is heated in the tank, but never used. It begins to lose heat, and the next time it’s called upon at the faucet, it needs more energy to do so. Think of standby heat loss as keeping your fridge open longer than it takes for you to get food out of it – by not closing it, you’re requiring the appliance to use more energy than is necessary.
EcoSmart can be hooked up to cold and warm water lines as it can provide hot water on-demand. Water passes through thermal optic sensors where it is simultaneously warmed as it goes to the end source. This is an efficient way of using energy, as the tank does not have to continually and ineffectively use energy.
Buildings can earn LEED-certified status in part by enlisting the help of energy-efficient appliances – of which, tankless water heaters are included. This is something to keep in mind during renovations and new building construction.
“Tankless water heaters can last up to 25 years.”
3. System durability
Tank water heaters typically have a lifetime of 10 to 15 years, according to data from the Department of Energy. Tankless water heaters can last as long as 25 years if properly maintained. Essentially, these systems can be used at point-of-use to provide support for much older water heaters.
This helps extend the longevity of the system you have in place by lessening the overall workload it needs to maintain on a daily basis. Should your tank water heater finally break down, EcoSmart can be used in conjunction with a whole house tankless water heater to maximize the lifetime warranty of both products, thereby providing valuable return on investment.
4. Free up space
It’s clear that tankless water heaters are much smaller than their tank counterparts just by looking at size alone. There have been countless instances of animals getting caught behind the tank – that can never happen with the alternative.
Whether you have a finite space to work with, or you’d like to remodel a basement into an entertainment area, a tankless water heater can drastically improve the amount of space you have, the Global Dispatch points out. This is incredibly important in apartment buildings or other places in highly-congested areas where space is at a premium.
5. Savings off the bat
The DOE reports that by installing a tankless water heater either at the point-of-use or as a whole system replacement, owners can save at minimum $100 a year. This is the true benefit behind radically changing the way your water is heated, and should not be taken for granted.