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29 Mar 2014 

Less is More



            As
the population grows and we are using more resources, it seems that there has
been a huge “green” movement going on. 
People are trying to produce less waste, recycle more, and use different
types appliances that save energy or conserve water.  We have purchased some new appliances and my
wife insisted on getting some that were more efficient to save us money and
help conserve energy as a whole.  I
really don’t mind, just as long as they get the job done.  One particular innovation that has caught my
interest is the tankless water heater.



            As
far back as I can remember, the water heaters we had in all of our homes had
some sort of tank that would store the heated water.  It is what we have now, but from what I have
learned and read, I think I may want to get a tankless water heater in the
future.  In a normal water heater, the
water sits in the tank and needs to be heated every time it falls beneath a
certain temperature.  With a tankless
water heater, the water is heated as it passes through the pipes in the unit,
eliminating the use for a storage tank.



            There
have been times when our children have been home for the holidays and too many
people needed to take showers.  By the
time some of the last people are getting around to take their showers, the hot
water has run out.  With a tankless water
heater, this problem is eliminated!  Since
the cold water is heated as it passes through the unit, hot water is always
available so that no one will have to take a cold shower.  If a dishwasher and a clothes washer are
running at the same time that someone is in the shower, however, the water may
not be heated as quickly as it needs to be.






            The
initial cost of a tankless water heater is much more than a regular water
heater, but they last around 5-10 years longer! 
Since there isn’t water sitting in the tank, there isn’t as much of an
opportunity for mineral build up in the unit as can be found in the tank of a
regular water heater.  This build up in a
regular water heater can cause corrosion which will in turn cause the tank to
leak.



            Another
benefit of the tankless water heater is the fact that if there happens to be a
leak, there won’t be 40 or 50 gallons of water spread throughout the area where
the water heater is stored.  We had a
water heater that did that once and it was a very frustrating situation.  We had to lift up carpet so that it could dry
and some of our storage boxes (which were cardboard) were ruined along with
some of their contents.  Since a tankless
water heater doesn’t have to keep 40-50 gallons of water heated at all times,
it requires less energy to operate and helps the owner of it to contribute to
the “green” movement.



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