For homes that have a greater use of hot water, they will find it irritating to have to wait for the water to heat again after a while. These homes typically have a standard hot water heater, one with a massive tank that can hold up to 80 gallons and can be heated with natural gas, propane or fuel oil. To cut back on the wait for hot water, and to even cut back on your energy bill, consider a tankless water heater.
That previously mentioned home, the one that uses an exorbitant amount of hot water, can see an 8-14 percent increase in energy efficiency with a tankless water heater. Homes that use roughly 40 gallons or fewer of daily hot water will see greater savings that can range between 24-34 percent.
As opposed to a normal hot water tank, going tankless will heat the water directly with no storage tank. Once the tap is turned on, cold water will run through the pipe and into the unit. The tankless heater can be powered either by a gas burner or electricity, will then deliver a constant supply of hot water. There will be no need to wait for the water in a tank to heat up.
Because tankless heaters will heat only the water is in use, you won’t experience the heat loss associated with the storage water heater. The savings on both water use and energy use will appear on your utility bills, with those savings showing up in your wallet.
A tankless heater will require a greater initial cost in relation to a conventional water heater, but the tankless heater will have many advantages later on. Besides energy savings, tankless heaters will have a longer life expectancy of 20 years or more. The parts are also easily replaceable, which can add more longevity to the unit.
You will notice the difference right away when you upgrade to a tankless water heater. If you need more information on which water heater is right for your home, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers.