Water heaters are usually one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the home. In most cases, they come in second in energy use, whether with gas or electricity. The only appliance that uses more energy is the heating and cooling system for the entire home.
Why do water heaters use so much energy?
When you understand how a water heater works, it is no surprise that these devices are major energy hogs. They must continuously heat a large tank full of water, even in the winter when the water coming into the house is frigidly cold.
Not only does this result in high energy use, but it also results in a lot of energy wasted. Most of the time, the hot water is not being used. People don’t take showers, run the washing machine or wash dishes twenty-four hours a day, but it makes no difference to the operation of the water heater. The heating element or propane burner still needs to generate heat in case hot water is needed.
Modern tank style water heaters can mitigate this problem somewhat with better insulation and smart settings that turn the water heater off when nobody is home, but they still use huge amounts of energy and cost homeowners a lot of money, especially with the high price of fuel and electricity.
However, there is an alternative to storage tank style water heaters, an advancement in technology that has been gaining popularity in recent years. These are called tankless water heaters, and they have many benefits, including greater efficiency, longer life and savings in maintenance and energy prices.
Are you looking to install a tankless water heater? Our experienced plumbers are great at installing any kind of water heater, from tankless to large tank heaters. Do you still have questions about tankless heater models? Let’s keep reading.
What are tankless water heaters?
Tankless water heaters are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional water heaters. Unlike traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters do not store hot water in a tank. Instead, this design heats water on demand, as it is needed. This means that you can enjoy hot water whenever you need it, without having to wait for a tank to fill up.
Tankless heaters are not only more convenient, but they also save energy. Tankless water heaters don’t have to keep water hot all the time, so they don’t have to use energy to maintain the temperature of the water. Instead, the water is heated on demand, only when it is needed. This makes tankless water heaters much more efficient than traditional water heaters, as they do not require energy to maintain a large tank of hot water.
Not only do tankless heaters reduce energy costs, but they also help to reduce the environmental impact of energy use. Tankless water heaters are also much more compact, making them ideal for small spaces such as apartments, condos, and other living areas with limited space.
Would you like more information about tankless water heaters, or other water heater products and their installation? Maybe you have questions about rebates, energy star ratings or the warranty on tankless water heaters. Our plumbers can help answer your questions!
How can I install a tankless water heater?
Installing a water heater is not a DIY job. This is true for tank-type water heaters, and even more so for tankless units. One potential downside of a tankless water heater is the increased cost of the unit and installation, but fortunately, these water heaters should also save you plenty of money. A tankless water heater will often pay for itself in energy savings!
Hiring professionals to install your tankless water heater is a must. Our plumbing professionals can handle your water heater replacement, installation, or repairs the right way. We know the bylaws and the building codes, so you don’t get in trouble down the line. We can spot leaks, damage to your pipes or other plumbing problems before they turn into plumbing disasters. We can give you all the tips you will need to make sure your product keeps your showers hot for years to come.
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Are you trying to decide which water heater model is right for your household? Do you have problems with your pipes or other plumbing work that needs to be done? When we send a plumber to your home, you can be confident they have the experience and tools to provide all your plumbing services. Give us a call or send us an email for a free quote today!