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Tankless Hot Water Heaters Are Safer

tankless hot water heaterThe tankless hot water heater is an innovative way to save money on your water-heating bill. Storage-type hot water heaters lose heat all day long and consume more energy than any other heating element in the home except space heating. Tankless hot water heaters only heat the water you need as you’re using it. Hot water is never stored and you never wait for water to heat up again. Even better – you never run out of hot water!

Traditional water heaters can pose a danger to small children. Water does not have to be heated to extreme temperatures for extended use as it does in a tank water heater. With the conventional type of hot water heater it is necessary to run hot water from the tank and right away you have to relief the extreme temperature with cold water to make it comfortable to the touch. Tankless water heaters are set to a pleasant temperature of your choice and you don’t have to use the cold-water side again. There would no longer be extreme temperature to cause burns, disfigurement and perhaps death.

Additionally, there is a bacteria that grows naturally in water and is found in rivers, lakes, and streams that can lead to Legionnaire’s Disease. Legionnaire’s Disease is a type of pneumonia infecting the lungs, and 10,000 – 100,000 cases of occur in the U.S. each year. Disturbingly, about 5% – 15% of these cases are grave, mostly in smokers, the elderly and in those whose weakened immune systems make them vulnerable to bacterial infections. The bacteria causing the illness is even found in the water supply of many buildings at moderately low concentrations. The bacteria only becomes dangerous when circumstances constructive to its growth exist. It has been found to thrive in domestic tank type water heating systems where temperatures are kept at steady levels for extended periods of time. The ideal temperature for the growth of this particular bacterium is 95 – 131 degrees F, a range regularly maintained in the average home water heater, 24 hours a day, all year long. Installing a tankless water heater eliminates the need for storing this hot water and dramatically decreases your family’s risk for encountering dangerous bacteria.

[Photo from Roger Mommaerts via CC License 2.0]