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Going Green With Tacoma Tankless Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters are highly inefficient and use a vast amount of unnecessary power. With the emergence of tankless water heaters, however, you have an option that reliably provides hot water while additionally saving you money on electric costs. Going with the greener, Tacoma tankless water heater might be the best option for you and your family, particularly if you are relying on an antiquated system that needlessly wastes electricity in heating and storing water. Tankless options are different, and their installation will have immediate savings.

A conventional heater works by pumping cold water into the bottom of the tank and heating this water, which rises to the top of the tank to be propelled into your home plumbing when a hot water faucet is turned. Yet, these units are inefficient on two fronts: first, it requires a vast amount of electricity to initially heat the water that enters the storage tank and, second, such water heaters require a constant supply of power to maintain hot water capacity.

Think of your Tacoma home’s regular heating or cooling system. Typically, you will only heat or cool your home when you are actually present and need temperature control. A conventional water heater, however, would be like running your home’s air conditioning or heating consistently regardless of whether you’re there or need such temperature control. Tankless options, on the other hand, supply hot water on demand. By doing so, these heaters can deliver immediate energy saving that benefits our planet in addition to your checkbook.

There are nevertheless some details that you should consider when going ahead with a tankless water heater installation. Of course, there are a number of technical issues: one needs to consider the voltage and amperage of the proposed unit in order to ensure that your home can properly handle the heater’s electrical current. Additionally, and like many conventional units, it may be necessary to put your tankless water heater on its own circuit. Finally, your estimate for demand will be extremely helpful in determining the size of the heater to be installed.

One of the more encouraging notions about tankless units is that they can be customized to just about any application. One can install individual heaters for individual appliances, such as a dish washer or sink, or one can install a unit capable of reliably proving hot water to an entire household or apartment complex. Whatever the application you have in mind, be assured that a tankless water heater is up to the challenge.

Naturally, it is important to consult a licensed electrician when considering tankless option installation for it’s is necessary to confirm the correct electrical diagnostics before purchasing the proper unit.

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Storage water heaters are by far the most common type of water heater in the U.S. today. Ranging in size from 20 to 80 gallons (or larger) and fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil, storage water heaters work by heating up water in an insulated tank. When you turn on the hot water tap, hot water is pulled out of the top of the water heater and cold water flows into the bottom to replace it. Because heat is lost through the walls of the storage tank (this is called standby heat loss), energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used. New energy-efficient storage water heaters contain higher levels of insulation around the tank, substantially reducing standby heat loss.

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