Are you ready to start lowering your energy bills and saving on regular water use? Have you considered installing a tankless water heater? Read on to learn more about this increasingly popular unit that can help improve the energy efficiency in your home! Our technicians help residents throughout San Dimas and surrounding areas in Southern California install and repair tankless water heaters.
What are Tankless Water Heaters?
You may have heard of tankless, on demand, or instantaneous water heaters as an alternative to the conventional tank units. A conventional water heater will continuously warm stored water to the specified temperature, which contributes to standby energy loss and an increase in your utility bills. A tankless unit, on the other hand, has the ability to provide hot water as needed. Think of it like this: When we go on vacation, we tend to turn off things like our heat and electricity to save money since we aren’t there to benefit from them staying on. Similarly, a tankless water heater only provides hot water when it’s needed and automatically shuts off whenever your hot water faucets are off.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
A tankless water heater warms up your water supply without the use of a storage tank. This eliminates heat loss related to storage heaters. Instead of having to wait for the heater to warm up the tank of water to the appropriate temperature, the water is sent directly through the tankless unit, where either an electrical coil or a gas burner heats up the water. This gives you a consistent and continuous stream of heated water at an average of 2 to 4 gallons of water per minute.
How Do They Compare in Efficiency?
There are different types of tankless units to accommodate different households: smaller units for smaller households, and larger “whole house” units for large households. Choosing the right model for your situation is necessary, just like it would be with a traditional tank unit. You will also need to add into consideration a second tankless unit if there is an increase in your household’s water demand.
Efficiency is the biggest reason tankless heaters are an attractive option for many homeowners. In a household that uses less than 41 gallons a day, a tankless water heater can be up to 34 percent more efficient than a tank water heater. Multiple units will only increase the possible energy savings.
Another feature many find appealing about a tankless water heater is its size. Most are about the size of a suitcase. With not much bulk, you are able to place them in smaller spaces, such as under a kitchen cabinet or against the wall, and they are much less of an eyesore.
How Do You Choose the Right Tankless Unit for Your Home?
There are a few things to consider when choosing the right unit to handle your home’s hot water supply. First, consider your fuel system. There are tankless units powered by electricity and gas. Each will have specific needs when it comes time to install. Make sure you comply with local code. If you are unsure, our technicians will provide you with the right information.
Next, you will need to consider where you will place your water heater. Do you simply need a single, point-of-use unit under your kitchen sink? Do you need a multi-point system for several water sources throughout your home? Perhaps you need a whole-house unit. The size of the water heater will also need to fit within your desired location. This is something we can help you with if you decide a tankless water heater is right for you!