Congratulations! You have decided to get a tankless water heater for your home! Now, how do you choose the right one? First of all, getting a tankless water heater is one of the best decisions you can make for your home. It is perhaps the best way to help you save on utility bills over a year.
Unlike traditional water heaters that store hot water in a tank, tankless water heaters heat water directly as it flows through the device. This on-demand approach provides a continuous supply of hot water and is more energy-efficient, as it eliminates the need to keep a large volume of water heated at all times.
There are many considerations when choosing whether to purchase a tankless water heater. This guide covers many factors you need to consider when deciding on a tankless water heater.
The first step in choosing a tankless water heater is understanding your peak hot water demand. Consider the number of bathrooms, kitchen usage, and any other simultaneous demands for hot water in your home or building. This also involves considering:
Energy efficiency is a significant factor in choosing a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters, by their very nature, offer some inherent energy-saving benefits compared to traditional storage tank heaters. They only heat water when you need it, eliminating standby losses that occur in tanks constantly keeping water hot. However, within the world of tankless water heaters, there’s a spectrum of energy efficiency.
Look for models that boast the Energy Star label. This government-backed certification signifies that the water heater meets strict energy-efficiency standards, often exceeding the minimum federal requirements. Energy Star-rated tankless water heaters can save you up to 16% on your water heating costs compared to standard models. That translates to real money in your pocket, especially over the lifespan of the water heater.
While the initial cost of a high-efficiency tankless water heater might be higher than that of a less efficient model, the long-term savings often outweigh the upfront investment. Consider it like buying a quality energy-efficient appliance—you might pay more initially, but you’ll reap the rewards in lower operating costs for years to come.
To accurately size a tankless water heater, understanding appliance hot water demands is crucial. This guide presents the average temperature and flow rate (GPM) for various appliances.
Tankless water heaters use three different types of power sources – natural gas, propane, or electric.
When adding an electric appliance like a tankless water heater, assess its impact on your home’s electrical system, especially in older homes where the electrical capacity might be limited. Electric tankless heaters might not be suitable in such cases due to potential overload.
Natural gas and liquid propane tankless water heaters are generally more powerful and used for whole-home hot water needs. They are also more energy-efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric models save about $40 annually in energy costs, while gas and propane models can save around $100 per year.
Now that you are equipped with the knowledge to select a tankless water heater, you’re ready to proceed. This thorough guide assists you in selecting the best tankless water heater tailored to your needs. Should you have any inquiries or require assistance during the installation, Vossler Plumbing Company is just a call away at 346-712-005. Our friendly team is available to offer guidance and support throughout the entire process.
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