Ever wondered how a tankless water heater supplies a reliable and consistent flow of warm water in your house? If you ever did, then read on.

Picture this: You just came home from a cold day in school, and all you want to do is relax in a nice hot bath. But when you get home, you find that your mom have just done the dishes and the clothes washer has been on. So when you go to fill up your bathtub, you get it about halfway full before the water goes tepid. That’s not exactly a comfortable way to enjoy a nice warm bath, is it?

A cold bath could feel like taking the ice bucket challenge.
A cold bath could feel like taking the ice bucket challenge.

And that is why an Ecosmart tankless water heater (or something similar) should have been what was installed in your house. With them, you won’t run out of hot water like you do with conventional water heaters.

The Science Behind Tankless Water Heaters

With a conventional water heater, warm water sits in that large conventional tank all day, kept warm by the heating elements inside. When you want the hot water, it’s there for you — but it can also go quickly, especially when the people in your household are doing multiple hot water chores at once.

With a tankless heater, however, no water sits in the tank, endlessly getting heated until someone wants to use it. Instead, the water is heated on demand. When you turn on your hot water, the water passes from the water pipes in your home, into a heating chamber and over a heat exchanger, where it’s warmed to your desired temperature before heading to your water faucet. That’s a beneficial way to go when you want a relatively steady stream of hot water, without running out.

And there’s another big benefit: It’s a lot more energy-efficient. Since that water is not continually being heated all day long and is only warmed when it’s wanted, you don’t have to waste valuable electricity — or gas — to keep the water warm. Take a look at your energy bills after installing that tankless heater and you’ll understand exactly why the penny pinchers you know probably already have a tankless unit installed.

Make Your Own Water Heater

As mentioned above, water heaters are usually powered by electricity or natural gas. But there are other ways to heat water, like by using the sun. So the next time you brainstorm for a science fair project idea while taking a bath, why not consider making a solar powered tankless water heater?

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