Most families use hundreds of gallons of water every day between doing laundry, washing dishes, flushing toilets, taking showers or baths, washing cars, and many other water-related household activities and chores. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Water Science School, every individual uses between 80 to 100 gallons of water every day on average, most of which is heated by a central water heater. Water heaters can be long-lasting devices, but if they aren’t running correctly or efficiently, then your water, gas, and electric bills will be much more expensive than they need to be. This blog will list the benefits of switching to a tankless water heater, often referred to as on-demand units or instant water heaters, and what to consider before undergoing this transition.
Why Install a Tankless Water Heater?
When an appropriate tankless unit is installed properly (usually hanging on the wall in the garage), it can save money on utility bills while maintaining a constant supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters are an upfront investment, as the most efficient models contain insulation and adequate heating properties, which can cost more initially, but tankless water heaters are much smaller in size when compared to standard water heater tanks. Compact models take up less space than conventional water heater tanks to reduce energy wasted by hot water cooling down in longer pipes or while sitting in the large storage tank.
With tankless options, the water is only heated when you turn on the faucet and typically utilizes natural gas or propane. Tankless water heaters use high-powered burners, which require specific venting through a dedicated, sealed venting system. Once these requirements are met, the tankless water heater can be installed and should instantly require less energy usage, which will benefit your utility bills and conserve energy.
How to Get Started
Our $25 Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning team can help you estimate the amount of hot water your family uses and what tankless water heaters are recommended. If the unit is too small, your home will continuously run out of hot water, especially if a device is already running (such as the dishwasher) and someone tries to take a shower. Some clients choose to combine solar power with standard water heater models, and their rate of return will depend on what climate they live in. For instance, in colder areas without proper installation, water heaters can significantly increase utility bills. Typical water heaters are running almost constantly, which is most of the cost involved. Newer models have better energy ratings because they only turn on when needed. Tankless water heater options are an excellent choice for families that desire constant hot water but want to save money and energy by investing in an efficient device.
$25 Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to schedule an appointment to provide a quote for your tankless water heater installation and any other household needs you would like to discuss. Call us today at (909) 980-4109.