Is it about that time? Is your old storage tank heater showing its age and are you considering a new tankless model? The tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand heaters. Most homeowners are starting to become more interested in building a more energy-efficient home, and a tankless water heater is a step in the right direction. Standard storage tank heaters must continually heat and reheat water, while tankless heaters generate hot water on demand. In a tankless water heater, high powered gas burners or electric coils instantly heat water, providing an endless stream of hot water.
A Projected Savings Of $1800 Over Its Expected Lifetime
An Energy Star labeled water heater can save a family of four $95 per year in energy cost and $1,800 over its projected lifetime. Some energy companies across California offer rebates for purchasing an Energy Star labeled tankless water heater. Planning is required when installing a new on-demand heater and by no means is this a project for the do-it-yourselfer. Only choose a licensed, certified plumbing specialist.
You’ll Receive A Constant Stream Of Hot Water
Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of owning a tankless water heater. The first pro is the speed at which hot water is delivered. Once the remaining cold water in pipes is gone then your water is instantly hot. A few seconds is all it takes, and you’ll receive a constant stream of hot water. The con is inconsistent temperatures when more than one person is using hot water at the same time. For example, if two showers are going and someone is doing a load of laundry, your heater will not be able to keep up with the demand.
Tankless Models Will Usually Last Twenty Years Or More
Another pro of the tankless units is that they have a longer lifespan. Most storage tank models will generally last ten years, whereas tankless models will usually last twenty years or more. The downside is on-demand heaters cost much more to install, but the comparable saving you’ll receive over its lifespan should make up for much of the costs. In rare cases, your plumbing contractor may need to reroute a gas line adding to the cost of installation.
As Much As 22% Lower Energy Costs
Homeowners can experience as much as 22% lower energy costs compared to a more efficient storage tank model, according to Consumer Reports. Additionally, an Energy Star labeled heater may also be entitled to a tax credit.
Tankless Units Are Much Smaller Than A Storage Tank Heater
On-Demand water heaters use less space than a bulky and cumbersome storage tank heater. Most units get fastened to the wall in the corner of our garage. Especially in smaller homes where space is a commodity, the extra space is a welcomed benefit.
Licensed, Certified In Most Major Tankless Water Heater Models
At Big B’s Plumbing, we’re licensed and certified in most major tankless water heater models. We’re an A+ rated company with the Better Business Bureau. Also check out our reviews on Facebook, Google Business, and Yelp!.