Tankless Water Heaters 101
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless Water Heaters, also called Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We only heat our homes when there is a demand for heat. In the same way, a Tankless Water Heater is used only when there is a demand for hot water.
How do Tankless Water Heaters work?
Tankless Water Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters.
- A hot water tap is opened.
- The water enters the heater.
- A water flow sensor detects the water flow.
- The computer automatically ignites the burner.
- The water circulates through the heat exchanger (coil).
- The heat exchanger instantly heats the water at the designated temperature. (this takes only 5 seconds)
The heater can provide you with endless hot water continuously.
No more running out of hot water in the middle of a shower!
When the hot water tap is turned off, the unit shuts down automatically.
Since a tankless water heater has neither a storage tank to keep heated all day, nor a pilot light, it burns gas only when you need hot water. This eliminates standby heat loss, which can be as high as 3-4% every hour for storage tank type water heaters. This higher efficiency can allow you to save up to 50% off your utility costs.
Takagi is committed to protecting public health and the environment. In addition to developing a quality line of Tankless products that are energy efficient, our products also help to reduce airborne pollutants.
Our Products Are Energy Efficient
A Takagi is approximately 35-50% more efficient than the conventional hot-water tank. Energy is used to produce hot water only when the user needs it. Working “on demand” as apposed to working 24/7 like a traditional tank water heater, allows for less pollutants in the air. It’s that simple. Get a Takagi and you’ll be helping our environment.
Low NOx Standards
Takagi’s units are also the only ones of its kind to receive the Southern Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) approval for their low emissions of CO and NOx.
Among our initiatives, we are currently working with the Federal Government to help set the standards in terms of getting tankless water heaters approved by Energy Star ratings. We are also focused on increasing consumer awareness nationwide in hopes to promote the use of more energy efficient products at home.