Tankless WATER HEATER
Tankless water heaters are beginning to gain more visibility and popularity in the United States because of the benefits they provide; though Europe and Asia have been using them for over 50 years. Tankless water heaters can save a homeowner 30 – 60% less on their water heating costs (assuming water usage habits remain the same), making financial costs savings one of the biggest benefits of a tankless water heater.
Traditional water heaters cost more because of the constant heating, cooled and reheating of water within the storage tank.
Some additional benefits of a tankless water heater:
- Space Saver: Tankless water heaters range from the size of a briefcase to a suitcase. Where traditional water heaters vary in sizes, it is a guarantee if you have a large family, your home will need a larger water heater.
- Longer Lifespan: Tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 15-20 years for gas units and 30 – 40 years for electric units. This is largely in part due to their lack of water storage. Though traditional water heaters once lasted as long as 20 years with maintenance. With today’s traditional water heaters you are lucky if it last 8 – 12 years on average.
- Endless supply of hot water: Tankless water heaters offer larger families the ability to never worry about being the last person to shower for fear of a cold shower or a shortened shower. The tankless water heater heats the water as it flows through. The tankless water heaters are compared based on flow rate. Tankless water heaters are measured in gallons per minute on a given heat rise (25 – 50 degrees). Tankless water heaters range from 4 gallons per minute to 8 gallons per minute. For example: a 4 gallon per minute will handle a shower and one other appliance operating at the same time, and a 7 gallons per minute can typically handle two showers and a large appliance.
What Size Tankless Unit Should I Purchase? How much will it cost me?
- Run a dedicated gas line to the unit (tankless units require up to 200,000 BTUs at full fire)
- Install category 3 stainless steel venting (may require relocating the unit to an exterior wall or outside)
- Install additional piping (if needed for relocating the unit)
- Run a dedicated power line to the unit*
*Note: In the event of a power outage, the tankless water heater will not heat water. We would recommend installing a backup battery system.