If you are looking to installing a new water heater, you have a number of options. This is an important decision as the water heater does usually amount for about 20% of a electricity bills for a home. Many people today are looking at tankless water heaters to get more hot water, quicker and for less.
The first step to deciding what kind of water heating to get is understanding the difference in how they work. Traditional boilers are basically reservoirs of water that is kept hot. Tankless water heaters operate a lot differently. In these machines, water is pulled through a pipe. Around that pipe is either a gas burner or an electric heating element. Because water is heated as it passes through a pipe, you have an endless supply of hot water. The limit is how much water that can travel through the pipe. Generally, the rate of the flow is between two and five gallons each minute. Electric models are slightly slower than models that use gas.
If you have set your mind on a tankless water heater, your decision has not ended there. There are different kinds of these heaters. The first is a small water heater that can be put in around the home. You can have multiple units in the rooms (kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms) placed where you need water heater. Another option is to get a bigger tankless water heater that will supply the entire home with the hot water that you use. People who have the later do experience some more heat loss as the water has to travel a longer distance to go from the heating element to the person who is using the water. This can be reduced if there is insulation on the pipes that travel from the water heating to the different rooms in the home.
Reasons to Look at Tankless Water Heaters:
- You may get a tax rebate. Because these heaters use less energy, there are often incentives from the government. The government has often offered a $300 rebate to help offset the cost of the tankless hot water heater installation.
- You will never run out of water that is hot. Most people have had the experience of being the last one up and in the shower. It is such a bummer when there is not hot water left. You can kiss that problem goodbye if you have a tankless water heater.
- They last a lot longer. When you have a tankless water heater installed, you will have it about 20 years. That is 10 years longer than you would have a traditional water heater.
- They are more energy efficient than traditional models. This is an important enough point to mention again. Remember, a third of a home’s energy usage can be attributed to the water heater, there is a lot of savings on your energy bill when you have one of these.
- They take up a lot less room than traditional models. You do not need to lose a lot of space to a tankless water heater. This can be great if you live in a part of the country where spade is hard to come by.
- You can have your water heater outside. If you really do not have enough space in your home, you can have the tankless water heater installed outside. You never have to worry about your water freezing because of the way this heater works.
- You will reduce your carbon footprint. Not only will your water heater be more fuel efficient, which makes it better for the environment but you will stop pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
- You will never flood the home again. When you have a traditional water heater, you always run the risk of having a flood in your home. Because these other kinds of water heaters do not require you have a reservoir of water in your home, you no longer have to worry about something bursting and flooding your home.
If you have talked to you residential plumber and have decided that the time has come to get a new water heater, tankless water heaters should be considered. Few things can ruin a morning like a cold shower, which you will never have with a tankless heater.