Tankless water heaters have become more popular over the last several years with individuals focusing on making their homes more energy efficient. A standard hot water heater can use up to 20 percent or more of a home’s annual energy due to maintaining a standard water temperature when not in use. Whole house tankless water heaters have helped to reduce these energy costs. However, there a way to reduce these costs even more.
A point-of-use tankless water heater may be the answer. A point-of-use water heater is placed directly where hot water will be needed. With a whole house tankless water heater there is still some delay in hot water traveling a distance to the faucet resulting in the water cooling in the pipe. Placing a point-of-use below a kitchen or bathroom sink, next to a tub, or in the laundry room near the washing machine, gives you a more true “instant hot water” reducing water waste. This can also save time from waiting on hot water to make an appearance.
That said, there are more upfront costs installing any tankless water heater, even a point-of-use heater. Whether gas or electric, special pipes and wiring will be needed, most likely requiring a professional plumber and electrician. However, the purchase price for a point-of-use tankless water heater is less than a whole house tankless heater. And, keep in mind that the monthly energy savings will last for the life of your heater.
There are several models of point-of-use tankless water heaters available, so take the time to decide exactly what your needs are to ensure you find the one that will work best for you and your family. Then you will be able to have “instant hot water” at just the point and time you need it.
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