Did you know that water heaters are second biggest energy consumers among your household appliances? Consequently, they can cost you hundreds of dollars every year, and with electricity prices increasing steadily, this figure only goes up. The problem with traditional water heaters with tanks is that they are not energy-efficient enough. They waste a lot of energy because they need to keep the water hot even when you are not using it. Tankless water heaters are a new eco-friendly generation of plumbing installations.
Tankless water heaters are somewhat novel in the States, but they have long been used in Europe and Japan. The basic idea is to heat water only when you need it and in that way reduce energy waste.
How does it work?
Upon turning on the faucet, water enters the system and activates the detection sensor. This ignites the burner and the water flows through the heat exchanger, acquiring the set temperature. When the faucet is turned off, the system is off as well.
What are the benefits?
The advantages a tankless propane water heater holds over a tank heater are various. Here are some of them:
- An endless flow of hot water – No more cold showers in the morning because inconsiderate family members used up all the water. The system heats the water exactly when you need it, so you cannot run out of hot water. On the other hand, an empty tank water heater may need more than an hour to refill.
- More hot water is available – With tankless heaters there is more hot water, so more appliances can be turned on, such as the dishwasher, shower and the washing machine. You can also relax and fully enjoy your Jacuzzi – finally.
- Tankless propane heaters are durable – These heaters commonly have warranties that last up to 15 years. This usually means they will last for at least 20. Tank heaters have much shorter warranties – two or three tank heaters could be replaced in the lifetime of one tankless propane water heater.
- Eco-friendly – The majority of tankless propane water heaters are made of recyclable materials, whereas the traditional ones are not.
- Money used for better purposes – When you heat water only when you need it, you save money. Tankless unit only uses gas when you are using hot water. That can reduce your costs by up to 30 percent a year. There are surely better ways to spend money than on high utility bills.
- Saves space – Tankless propane units can be placed anywhere in your home, either inside or outside (that depends on certain factors). The space you get free in the bathroom can be used for smart storage or you can simply enjoy the bonus space.
- Clean water – In traditional heaters, rust and scale are a common occurrence inside the tank, because of all that hot water that is being kept. Tankless propane heaters eliminate rust and scale, so the water you use is much more pleasant.
How expensive is it?
Yes, a relative disadvantage of tankless water heaters is that the upfront costs of purchase and installation are substantially bigger than with a regular heater. If your home has two bathrooms, a tankless water heater can cost you double to buy and install in comparison with the traditional heater. But, as with most ecologically-friendly technology, purchasing and installing the new type of heater can entitle you for $300 of federal tax credit. Many producers and retailers offer rebate under a certain agreement. It’s a good idea to ask around for any other types of incentives available in your area. Then, when you take into account that a tankless propane heater lasts almost twice as long as a tank water heater and the fact that it starts reducing your utility bills by up to 30 percent, the upfront costs seem to be outweighed by long-term benefits.
Plumbing Plus is a company based on integrity and innovation. Contact us right away to consider how you can save money and contribute to a better environment by switching to tankless water heaters.