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Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters, also called “flash,” “demand,” or “instantaneous” water heaters, only heat water when a hot water valve is being used. Conventional water heaters store a tank of hot water at all times “on standby” so that users receive hot water as soon as they turn a hot water valve on. Keeping this water heated when the valves are not in use requires energy and heat that is lost through the walls of the storage tank. Tankless water heaters are activated by the flow of a hot water valve and instantly heat the hot water as it is being used.

There are several benefits to using a tankless water heater. They are quick and reliable with easily replaced parts, and they save the energy typically used to store hot water on standby. Tankless water heaters are available in a variety of sizes for different faucet applications and can be powered by propane, natural gas, or electricity. Using a tankless heater does not directly conserve water, but it saves the cold water that goes unused while water is heating up with a conventional heater. With both energy and water savings, the average payback period for a tankless heater is one to five years.

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