Tankless Water Heaters are a new way of heating the water you use in your home for personal hygiene, washing clothes and doing the dishes.

Tankless Water Heaters are a new way of heating the water you use in your home for personal hygiene, washing clothes and doing the dishes. Besides offering an endless supply of hot water, a tankless water heater can increase your comfort and lower your energy costs. It can also increase the value of your home.

Hot Water on Demand: A conventional water heater has a tank which fills with water to be heated when it senses that it’s empty. Unfortunately, there is a lag between the time the tank runs out of water and when it’s ready to provide hot water again.In the meantime, there is no hot water. (This is a familiar scenario to anyone who has taken a shower while the dishwasher is running!)

A tankless water heater is different: it heats water on demand instead of storing it up beforehand in a big, energy-wasting tank. In other words, you always have all the hot water you need, for as long as you need it. This means you can run the dishwasher and take a bath at the same time. Or run the clothes washer and the dishwasher at the same time. Or do all three at the same time! Families can take their morning showers one after the other, and the last one will be just as hot as the first.

Pay Less and Get More: Atankless water heater typically costs more than a regular hot water heater. However, a tankless water heater will last longer, and use much less natural gas, than a conventional water heater. While a tank water heater typically has to be replaced every 8 – 10 years, many tankless models are built to last a lifetime, with proper maintenance. And tankless water heaters take up much less space; sometimes they are even wall-mounted, leaving no footprint at all, unlike a hulking old hot water heater.

Energy Efficiency Means Less Dollars: Although energy costs are fairly reasonable here in St Louis, tankless water heaters can still save up to 60% on your water heating bills. Other water heaters use a full blast of natural gas every time they turn on. Conversely, a tankless water heater monitors the temperature of incoming water and uses only the precise amount of energy needed to heat the water to your desired temperature.

Safer For Kids: Safety guidelines recommending setting a water heater to a temperature of 120 degrees to prevent dangerous scalds to young children. Most conventional water heaters, however, come with a standard factory setting of 140 degrees so they do not run out of hot water too quickly. Many Tankless Water Heaters are different – their self modulating technology means that they can be set at the recommended 115 – 120 degrees without ever running out of hot water. Finally, parents can have both peace of mind and a long hot shower!

Safer for Your Home: With a conventional tank water heater, you run the risk of the water heater rupturing or even exploding. Imagine the thousands of dollars of water damage caused by an exploding hot water heater. No tank in a tankless heaters means no risk of tank failure, and that means a safer home for you and your family.

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