If your tank water heater is worn out and you are ready to replace it, you have the option of replacing it with a similar tank heater or a more energy-efficient tankless water heater. You may even be interested in a tankless unit to improve hot water supply in your home, or get hot water to a remote area of your home. There are several benefits of utilizing tankless water heaters. Our tankless water heater experts at Option One Plumbing can walk you through these benefits in greater detail, and help you determine exactly how much you can save.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters are between 24% and 34% more efficient than standard tank water heaters. Considering around 30% of your household energy costs go directly towards heating water, the savings can be substantial over time.
It does cost more to install tankless water heaters over a tank model and the water heater itself will cost a bit more upfront over a tank model. Still, tankless units are much more efficient and offer you monthly savings off of your water and energy bills. You will save money because you will not pay for standby heat, wasting money heating water in a tank that will just sit there until someone needs it.
No one enjoys taking an unexpected cold shower in the morning. A tankless water heater can eliminate cold showers because the water is heated when you need it and you will not run out of water, whereas a 50-gallon electric water heater may take up to 60 minutes to replenish hot water supply.
If you have had standard tank water heaters before, you probably know that they are prone to issues and have a relatively short service life of 8-10 years with a warranty that is usually around 6 years. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, often come with 10 to 15-year warranties and last up to twenty years before they require replacement. While tankless heaters have a higher up-front cost, they can last twice as long.
Tank water heaters can develop an accumulation of rust, scale and minerals inside the tank, which means this build-up, can be found in the water you use for drinking and cleaning. Tankless water heaters have no storage tank and rust and scale are not a problem.
Unlike tank water heaters, tankless heaters can be placed nearly anywhere inside your home, or even outside of the home. They can be hung on the wall in a closet, for example, to reclaim space in your home. A traditional 40 or 60 gallon tank water heater is around 60" tall and 24" wide, and this tank can take up precious space in your home. Tankless water heaters are about the size of a large computer, just 10" deep, 20" wide and 28" tall.
Tankless heaters can be used along with tank water heaters or even solar heaters to improve hot water supply in your home. For example, a tankless heater may be installed in the laundry room to serve the washer and an adjacent bathroom, while a tank water heater can serve the rest of your home. A tankless water heater can also allow you to take full advantage of a Jacuzzi tub or Roman bath, while a tank water heater will probably not have enough hot water to fill the tub completely.
If your utility company is Southern California Gas Company, you may qualify for a rebate of up to $200 on Energy Star-qualified tankless water heaters to save on the installation of your new water heater if you are replacing a conventional tank water heater. This rebate ends December 31, 2014, so take advantage of it today by contacting Option One Plumbing tankless water heater contractors to help you qualify. We will help you choose a qualifying manufacturer and model.
If you are not sure if a tankless water heater will meet the needs of your household or work well with the current set-up of your home, our professional at Option One Plumbing tankless water heater installation experts will help. We will walk you through the potential cost savings by switching to a tankless unit and help you choose the right size unit. We can also set up customized systems if you want to get hot water to a pool house or boost the performance of a solar water heater.
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