New technologies are bringing water heaters to the forefront of the home comfort conversation. Tankless water heaters are energy-efficient and provide instant hot water for your Highland Park, Illinois, home — a departure from traditional tank heaters. Here’s a quick guide to these handy appliances to help you decide if one is right for you.

Function

A traditional water heater with a tank works by storing a certain amount of water. It cycles on and off to keep the stored water at the set temperature to have hot water available when you need it.

In contrast, a tankless water heater functions by using high-powered electric coils or gas burners to heat water quickly and only when you need it. As water moves through the system, the system heats and delivers it directly to your faucet.

Efficiency

While tankless water heaters use more fuel than their counterparts, they require less energy overall. That’s because tank water heaters have to heat up greater amounts of water and keep it hot, even if you don’t use it all. As a result, this increases your chances of energy waste.

Because tankless water heaters only heat the water as you use it, you end up saving more energy over time. As a result, you save more money in the long run.

Performance

For singular tasks, tankless water heaters are very efficient, heating up the water quickly and consistently. However, if you’re trying to use hot water in more than one location, these systems can get overburdened quickly. You’ll run out of hot water faster than with a traditional heater since tankless units only heat water as you use it. For small families, that isn’t a problem. However, if you have a large family that places a great demand on your water heater, it may not be the best choice for your home.

Interested in learning more about tankless water heaters? Carefree Comfort Inc. can help. Give us a call at 847-388-0115 to talk to one of our experts today!

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