If you’re looking for a tankless water heater, there are lots of things to know and consider before you decide.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
Water heaters, powered by either electricity or gas, usually come with storage tanks where the hot water is kept. Despite their reliability and efficiency, space has always been an issue with these tank type water heaters. Homeowners like you are looking for more and more ways to maximize living spaces, save energy and extend your water heater investment.
What are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?
With tankless water heaters, there is no more need for pipes running throughout your home, as they can be easily installed in your bathroom, kitchen, or garage, right at the point of use minimizing the associated piping.
When it comes to reliability, tankless water heaters are a good choice. All you need to do to receive a continuous, consistent supply of hot water is turn the unit “on” by just opening the hot water faucet. Very simple.
Tankless water heaters feature an adjustable thermostat control. Your desired water temperature is maintained throughout all fixtures in your home or business. Fluctuations in water pressure do not affect the water’s temperature at all, again ensuring you continuous home water though out your home. And when you are done, just switch it “off” by closing the hot water faucet and it will be ready again for the next person.
Tankless water heaters are manufactured with energy-efficiency feature as a priority. Compared to the 78% efficiency ratings of some conventional storage water heaters, tankless units have efficiency as high as 98%. This 20% energy efficiency rating difference is due in part to reduced heat loss since there is no hot water storage tank. Tankless water heaters also experience minimal heat loss since most are installed close to their point of use, which prevents hot water from having to pass through extensive piping.
Aside from this feature, tankless water heaters have low maintenance and running costs. The US Department of Energy estimates that about 14-25% of energy consumed by families are due to water heating, with average of $200 to $450 yearly on operating costs for a tank water heater. So there is potential for lower annual energy costs by going tankless.
What Choices are Available for Tankless Water Heaters?
There are many available brands of tankless water heaters on the market today. You can select one based on your hot water requirements. There are tankless water heaters designed specifically for faucets, low-flow shower heads, older standard shower heads, dishwashers or clothes washer. Look for a brand that can provide you with the correct flow rates, this is very important. You must also consider your desired inlet water temperature. The standard inlet water temperature can range from 40 degrees to 65 degrees F. (Masterflo Plumbing can help you select a suitable tankless water heater that will meet the needs of your home or office)
Location is also important. You must consider if you require hot water in one place like a sink (single point application), a whole bathroom (multi-point application) or an entire house (whole house application). Also make sure you read the energy guide attached on the back of most water heaters. It contains information on the estimated energy consumption and yearly operating cost.