Most people enjoy taking a hot shower or bath. More and more people are turning to tankless water heaters to save space and energy. There are a number of good reasons to make the switch. These are very low maintenance water heaters. They will last you a lot longer than traditional water heaters. The average lifespan is about two decades whereas traditional water heaters only last between ten and 15 years. It is also very easy to swap out a problem part for a working one if or when something breaks. Here are some tips to getting the right tankless water heater.
- Check out the energy factor. You should look for tankless water heaters that have an Energy Star rating. Models that have an energy factor (EF) that is at least 0.90 or more, you know you are getting a more efficient tankless water heater. You can get gas or electric models but the EF shows you the efficiency when it comes to taking fuel to produce hot water. The kinds of gas that are used are propane and natural gas. The EF is always a decimal. If you had an EF of 1.0, that would translate into 100% efficiency. The 0.9 equals 90%. These super efficient tankless water heaters use spark ignitions and two heat exchangers.
- Get a professional to help. When you buy a tankless water heater, you are going to want to get the right fit. The best way to do this is to bring a professional to help you get the right size. Conventional water heaters are sized by how much water they can hold. Tankless water heaters are sized by how many gallons of water they can heat per minute. The gallons per minute (GPM) is a challenging unit to work with. You need to know how much water you will be using. It is hard to estimate but if you bring in a professional, they can help you work out what your peak water usage is.
- Consider multiple units. If you have a large family or know you use a lot of water, you can consider getting more than one tankless water heater to help you get all of the hot water that you need. When you are thinking about plumbing basics, you need to really think about how much hot water you need. Tankless water heaters do not take up as much room as a traditional gas or electric water heater. This makes having more than one tankless water heater installed a real option. Because these are so small, it is easy to make room for the number of tankless water heaters that you will need to get you all of the hot water you will need for your family.
- Where you live will make a difference. The water entering your home will be warmer or colder depending on where you live. If it is January and you are in Minnesota, the water coming into your home is going to be a lot colder than if you live in Mississippi. This will impact your GPM. This is another reason to bring in a professional to help you decide what model of tankless water heater would be best for your home. You need to find a model that is as energy efficient as possible. Knowing how warm the water entering your home is when it enters will make a difference in what model you get and the results you have from it.
There are a lot of reasons to switch from a traditional water heater to a tankless water heater. For people in some areas like New York City, where the apartments are small, getting the hot water they want without needing a large water heater is a great thing. For others, their biggest plumbing problems come from leaking tanks or inadequate heating. Tankless water heaters can help with both of those things. Leaking pipes can cost households in the United States more than 10,000 gallons every years. This is the same amount of water that is used for 270 loads of laundry.
If you are concerned about getting all the hot water your family needs, switching to a tankless water can make a difference.