How To Find The Best Tankless Water Heater
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If your current hot water heater is on it’s last legs or even worse leaking you may want to consider going tankless. A tankless water heater, often referred to as ‘hot water on demand’ have been the standard in Europe for decades and are quickly becoming the go to choice in the rest of the world, gaining the most popularity here in North America.
What’s The Appeal With Going Tankless
A typical tankless water heater operates quite differently compared to the standard hot water storage tank we’ve all grown up with. You see tankless water heaters do not have a water storage reservoir, the operate by quickly heating up the water as soon as you turn on your hot water tap. Whether you decide on a gas tankless heater or an electric tankless unit you will receive the same efficient supply of hot water as and when you need it.
Since conventional storage type heaters keep a supply of hot water in their tanks (anywhere from 5 to 40 gallons in a typical residential heater). This reservoir of hot water is constantly heated 24 hours a day to keep it ready for use, this constant heating requires gas, electricity or both.
Conserving Energy And Rebates
Not only will you save energy and thus save money on your water and utility bill you will also be conserving water. Because the water is heated instantaneously you will not be running your bath, shower and water taps as long waiting for your hot water to arrive.
Tankless water heater manufacturers are now more industrious than ever in their development of the advancements of their technology, they are striving to become as efficient as possible to qualify for an Energy Star rating. Their desire to achieve this rating is so that their units will qualify their customers for highly desirable government rebates for installing Energy Star products.
Is A Tankless Water Heater The Right Choice For Everyone?
The fact is that with recent advances everyone has the ability to own a tankless water heater but there are certain cases where it may be more economical to stick with the standard storage type unit. For example if there are only 1 or 2 people in your household and you leave in a bungalow where your hot water already arrives quite quickly to it’s destination the saving you’ll incur using a tankless heater may be negligible.
Tankless water heater do cost more so the more water your household uses the quicker you will be to recuperate and start savings. Having said that many people want to install a tankless unit for the environmental savings alone.
Utility savings and water conservation are not the only benefits of a tankless unit, everyone knows how much room the bulky conventional water heater takes up, you will truly be amazed and how small and unobtrusive a tankless unit is, typcially they can be fashioned to a wall out of the way freeing up valuable floor space.
Lastly you will find that tankless units have a considerably longer life span (most 20 years) and are less likely to break down compared to their antiquated counterparts which means less worries and headaches to you.
Different Types Of Tankless Water Heaters And Installation
Let’s first start by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of gas versus the electric tankless water heater. Both gas and tankless water heaters require specialized installation by professional trades, we’ll have a look at the costs and requirements of both. There are many qualified do it yourselfers out there but we firmly believe that the installation of a tankless water heater is best left to qualified professionals, having a look at this section should shed some light on why.
We will also look at selecting the best type of heater for you, you choice will depend on the availability of fuel in your region and the amount of hot water you require. There are many different tankless water heater manufacturers, we’ll look at many such as Rheem, Rinnai, Bosch, Whirlpool, Ariston and more.
Is Tankless The Only Way To Go?
In some situations you may find that a tankless water heater is not your only option. Storage type heaters, solar water heaters and smaller point of use heaters may be an option. Selecting the best water heater for your application is a process you need to consider carefully.