Hot water heaters are among some of the most energy hungry appliances in your homes. On the high end, they can cost you as much as $800 each year in energy costs! This depends on how much hot water you use and the average utility rates in your area. But why is this figure so high? Instead of heating water on an as-needed basis, conventional units keep water hot and stored in their tank, even when you don’t need it.
Energy efficiency is important to many homeowners, especially in environmentally-conscious areas such as here in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your home’s plumbing, consider the energy saving benefits of tankless hot water heaters. Also called on demand water heaters, tankless units only heat water when needed which equates to big energy savings. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that households that use an average of 41 gallons of hot water a day or less can experience improved energy efficiency of 24% to 34%!
The cost to purchase and install a tankless hot water heater is higher than that of a conventional one, but many homeowners believe the added cost savings and additional perks make up for this cost. Federal rebates on certain gas models of tankless hot water heaters can help to make up for their cost.
So what are some other tankless hot water heater benefits?
More hot water
No one likes to take a cold shower in the winter, especially your guests! Imagine never having to deal with this aggravating and embarrassing plumbing problem ever again! Tankless hot water heaters only heat water when it’s needed, so it’s all but impossible to run out. Models with higher output allow you to shower, run the dishwasher and the washing machine all at once.
Higher quality water
A buildup of debris such as scale and rust will naturally form on the inside of the tank of a conventional hot water heater and affect the quality of the water you cook and shower with. Since tankless hot water heaters don’t have storage tank, there’s no chance of this happening.
Save on space
Conventional hot water heaters can take up a lot of space but tankless hot water heaters are wall mounted, freeing up tons of closet and floor space that would otherwise be occupied by bulky tank.
With an average life expectancy of nearly 20 years — double that of conventional water heaters — and service warranties between 10 and 15 years, tankless water heaters are in it for the long haul.
Your comfort, safety, and satisfaction are our main priorities here at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer. Our knowledgeable plumbers can help you determine if a tankless hot water heater is the best option for you with our top-notch water heater service! Call today!