How important are water heaters to farmers? Hot water is used in many aspects of farming. Hot water is used in the cleaning of produce, animal pens, buildings, workstations, equipment, tools and more. Without hot water farm workers cannot do a proper clean up.
With energy costs being so high and farmers trying to save as much money in as many areas as possible they need energy and cost efficient ways to heat their water. What better way to do that then to cut costs on energy and water. Tankless water heaters can be electric or gas (reviews) making them versatile for almost any situation. Because farmers generally do not use electricity for heating their water, they rely on natural gas and solar power making tankless water heaters popular among farmers.
Tankless water heaters, heat water on demand without the use of a storage tank making them cost efficient because there is no need to maintain a constant temperature on stored water. Tankless water heaters cut down costs by be heating water as it is drawn through the heating system. When a faucet or spicket is turned on, it draws water through the water lines, flowing through the heating element of the water heater and pushed of the faucet or spicket all warm and ready to use.
Because there are not storage tanks for water, when a tankless water heater goes out and needs to be replaced, there is no huge mess or clean up because there is no stored water. Tankless water heaters can typically produce 2 to 5 gallons of hot water a minute, with gas heated water heaters producing a slightly higher amount of water per minute. Their small size yet powerful impact makes them ideal for small spaces and easy concealment. They can be installed in an out of the way corner, suspended from the ceiling or in an attic or loft space. Since there is no storage tank on them there is no need for a large amount of space.
Tankless water heaters may be more costly to set up initially, however with their savings on energy and water costs they are more efficient in the long run. They also have a longer life span and easier to replace parts than traditional water heaters that have a storage tank. In some cases it may be necessary to install more than one tankless water heater when supplying hot water to a large area or to multiple points of use at one time.
So with tankless water heaters being space efficient, energy efficient and utility cost efficient by supplying hot water on demand, they are becoming more popular amongst the agricultural industry. The farmers are seeing a great return on their investment even when they have to install more than one tankless water heater to cover all their area of usage. Farmers are also seeing that they are replacing their water heaters less often when switching to tankless water heaters over traditional tanked water heaters.