Instantaneous Water Heaters:
In the 1870s, Englishmen, Maughan invented the first instant water heater. Not much is known about Maughan's invention; nevertheless, his invention influenced the designs of Edwin Ruud.
Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer was the inventor of the automatic storage water heater in 1889. Ruud immigrated to Pittsburgh where he started the early development of both residential and commercial water heaters. He founded the Ruud Manufacturing Company.
Instantaneous Water Heaters also called Tankless Water Heaters is just that. They do not have a tank, and then are thought to be more energy efficient. Sometimes they are called an in line water heater, as it only heats the water it needs as it passes through, and as a result energy is not gone to waste by heating extra water all day that is not in use.
Some terms for Tankless Water Heaters is Combi Boilers, Combination Water Heaters, Inline Water Heaters, Continuous Flow Water Heaters, Instant-On Water heaters, On-Demand Water Heaters and Flash Water Heaters.
These especial Water Heaters are very quickly gaining in popularity and will soon become the standard. Oftentimes, one main Tankless Water Heater will be installed beside the furnace supplementing smaller Tankless Water Heaters. Smaller Tankless Water Heaters will be located in clever spots such as furthest bathrooms, etcetera, & to be located right where the water is being used. This setup saves H2O as well as energy, thereby making this option one of the most efficient, as well as saving on space.
Storage Tank Water Heaters:
This is primarily the class of water heater you saw growing up, the big white tank often at the edge of the furnace. Tank type water heaters come in different varieties - gas, oil and electric. This refers to the type of burner used to heat the H2O. Energy efficiencies between the different types of burners on the tank water heaters can be dissimilar indeed. In this tank, cold H2O is used to fill the tank, & an element, frequently near the top & bottom inside the tank is used to heat the water. In between the inside tank and the outer shell is frequently insulation to help keep the water hot, without the elements having to do all of the work.
Call Richards Rooter and Plumbing at 1-800-420-2003 for the installation and repair of Tankless and Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters in Porter Ranch CA