Is that rusty relic of a water heater looking more than a little rough around the edges these days? Ailing or not, replacing it with a newer, tankless water heater offers many advantages.
Not a drop to drink
Tankless water heaters, also referred to as on-demand or instant, say goodbye to the storage tank, using technology to heat up water the moment you need it. Its design features high-powered burners, activated when incoming water makes its way through a heat exchanger, which is activated by incoming water.
Tankless water heaters offer an array of advantages:
- Significant savings.
Rather than storing a large amount of water that must be kept to temperature until it’s needed, a tankless system’s on-demand operation offers significant energy savings. How much? Compared to conventional models, you could save:
- 24-34% if you use 41 gallons or less per day.
- 8-14% if you use about 86 gallons per day.
- 27-50% if you install an on-demand system at each hot water outlet.
The technology of tankless water heaters, though requiring a slightly higher initial investment, has a far greater life expectancy than the monolithic monster currently taking up space in your utility room: Close to 20 years – twice that of conventional models – offering significant long-term savings in operational and replacement costs over the life of the system.
- Added square footage.
No more bulky tank means you can re-work that old water heater space into something far more useful, such as added storage or closet space.
The second largest energy expense in your home following heating and cooling, there are a number of federal, local, and utility rebates and incentives available to help you step-up to a highly efficient tankless water heating system – just ask any of Just Plumbing & Heating professionals. Options for tankless water heater upgrades include:
- Sizing options
Smaller, point-of-use systems fit under cabinets or in closets, providing water for up to two outlets (such as a sink and bath) right at the source. Unlike whole-house systems, lag time is a non-issue, thus water consumption further reduced.
Larger and more costly, these systems can provide hot water to your whole home. Typically fueled by natural gas or propane, they have a longer lag time, sometimes up to several minutes depending on your plumbing system’s design. For simultaneous, multiple uses in large households, additional point-of-use systems may still be necessary.
- Fuel options
Electric models heat water using a filament. They lower volume outflow but are more efficient than gas models, in which the pilot light is constantly on.
In gas models, the pilot light heats tubes and the water passing through within. To reduce gas an energy usage, an IID (intermittent ignition device) can be purchased, eliminating the need for the constant pilot.
Achieve top tankless function
To ensure a convenient, efficient hot water supply, consult a professional regarding the selection and installation of tankless heaters for your home. This will ensure proper sizing, taking into account factors including the volume of water the system is required to heat, how the temperature of water entering the system will effect heating, and the desired temperature and volume at its usage point.
Ready to warm up to a tankless water heater? Just Plumbing & Heating Plumbing has the expertise and experience you need for a speedy, successful transition to efficiency. Learn more. Contact us today.
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