Electric Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Efficiency Of Electric Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Electric tankless hot water heaters are more cost efficient than other water heaters with tanks, because there is no storage area requiring electricity to keep the water hot. Normal water heaters make a standby water supply and you have to continue heating this storage supply to keep it ready to use. Electric tankless hot water heaters only provide the hot water when it is needed.
Electric tankless hot water heaters do not use a storage tank of any kind. You will not be paying to heat a water supply with your electricity. Electric tankless hot water heaters work only when the hot tap on your faucet is turned on. The water then moves through a pipe into the heating unit. The electric element then heats the water and supplies it to your faucet. The major down side to the electric tankless hot water heaters, is that compared to the gas versions, they may not supply enough hot water for many uses at the same time in a household. So if you are taking a shower and someone is doing laundry with hot water, the electric tankless hot water heaters may not be able to keep up with the demand.
One of the major up sides to electric tankless hot water heaters, is that there is a cure for the woes listed above. There are whole house electric tankless hot water heaters that can be installed, or you can always have an additional unit installed in the home. Use one of the electric tankless hot water heaters for appliances and the other for all other areas of the home. Another up side to these water heaters is that the average home uses about 40 gallons of hot water a day. Using electric tankless hot water heaters can save the money used to heat traditional storage for that hot water, and can give energy savings of up to 50%.
When looking to buy your hot water heater, make sure of the requirements for volts, amps or a circuit breaker for your home. The average flow rates in gallons per minute in a bathtub ranges from 2-4 gallons a minute, in the laundry sink an average of 3 gallons per minute and dishwashers average about 3 gallons per minute using electric tankless hot water heaters.