3 Ways an On Demand Water Heater Can Improve Your Showers
If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may have heard about the benefits of choosing an on-demand model rather than the traditional model with a water tank. An on-demand water heater can help you manage hot water use in a large family without running out, and it can help you access hot water faster without using energy to keep the water hot all day.
There are many benefits to choosing a tankless model, but have you thought about how these benefits will affect daily activities such as taking a shower? Here are three ways an on-demand water heater can improve your showers.
1. Reducing Warm-Up Time
Because an on-demand heater is smaller than a tank model, it can be installed right next to or even in the bathroom itself. This can allow you to access the hot water faster. The water will only have to travel a few feet to get to the showerhead, which means the shower heats up almost instantly.
Reduced warm-up time is great for convenience, but it also means you don’t have to run the water down the drain for half a minute before getting in. Consequently, you won’t waste as much water each time you shower (about 2.5 gallons per minute if you have a standard shower head), meaning that showering with an on-demand heater can also be more eco-friendly.
2. Allowing Longer Showers
If you’re showering on a traditional tank water heater, you can only shower for as long as the water tank holds water. So if you have a 30-gallon water tank and your shower head uses 2.5 gallons per minute, this could mean your showers are limited to twelve minutes or so before the water gets chilly.
You probably don’t need more than twelve minutes in the shower every day. However, on days where you do want a long hot shower to help you relax, your on-demand water heater can help provide the limitless supply of hot water that you need. While it has a limited flow rate, an on-demand heater has no time limit since it heats water continuously while you shower.
3. Reducing Energy Loss
In addition to reducing water loss, an on-demand water heater installed in your bathroom can also help you conserve energy. That’s because the water heater doesn’t heat water up in advance and then store it in a tank, like a traditional water heater does.
Instead, the on-demand model only heats the water when you’re ready to use it, meaning there’s almost no time for the water to lose heat. And because the water heater can be installed so close to your shower, it reduces the amount of piping that needs to be insulated to guard against energy loss in transit.
Because your showers are using less electricity in the form of water heating, you’ll also be taking less expensive showers. And this reduced energy use is another eco-friendly benefit as well.
These are just three benefits that an on demand heater can provide for your showers. Remember, it can provide many other benefits as well; for example, an on-demand heater frees up space in your home because it’s smaller than a water heater tank. And it requires less maintenance too, as well as saving money and energy.
For more information about tankless on-demand water heaters and the increased convenience and other benefits they can provide, get in touch with Mitchell Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today. We offer plumbing services such as repair, maintenance, and installation of water heaters, plumbing fixtures, and more, and would be happy to answer any of your questions.