Tankless water heaters deliver hot water only when you need it. Unlike storage tank water heaters, they are less likely to waste energy, helping reduce your energy costs. If you are looking for equipment that can lower your energy costs without sacrificing efficiency and performance, a tankless water heater might be the best option for you.
A trusted HVAC repair and installation expert shares smart ways to use a tankless water heater.
Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater
Better Energy Efficiency
Do you consume 41 gallons or less of hot water every day? If so, it will be wiser to use a tankless water heater since it can be up to 34% more energy-efficient than traditional storage tank heaters. If your family uses more hot water, it can be 14% more energy-efficient.
A More Cost-Effective Option
While a demand-type heater costs more upfront, it can last twice as long as a conventional tank water heater. It also runs on less electricity, translating to increased energy costs. If a tankless unit experiences issues, there are parts that your plumber or HVAC repair technician can easily replace to help it continue to perform well.
Avoid Energy Loss While on Standby
One of the best things about tankless water heaters is they get rid of “standby loss.” Conventional heaters heat water numerous times throughout the day. Every time they reheat water, they consume energy, resulting in higher utility bills. You don’t have to worry about this issue with a tankless water heater.
Is space an issue in your home? If so, you could benefit from a tankless water heater since it doesn’t require as much room. It doesn’t need a large storage tank, so your installer can simple install it on a wall, hidden in your basement or crawl space. At R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating, we can inspect your house and determine the best location for your new heater. We’re also here to assist with your HVAC maintenance needs.
Hot Water Whenever You Need It
A tankless water heater can almost instantly deliver hot water, meaning no more waiting to enjoy a relaxing, hot shower or bath. Storage tanks tend to run out of hot water in homes that use a lot of hot water. You can easily save yourself from this scenario with an on-demand heater, even if your family members consecutively shower, because it doesn’t depend on stored water from a tank.
Electric & Gas Options
You can get tankless water heaters in gas or electric models. Gas-powered units are more common. In some cases, an electric model can help address gas line re-routing concerns or changes that can drive up labor costs.
Thanks to the longer lifespan of tankless water heaters, they tend to have lengthier and more comprehensive warranties. If something goes wrong with your unit, the installer or manufacturer may cover the repairs or replacement. Depending on the brand, warranties can last up to 20 years or more, which is the typical service life of tankless heaters.
How to Make the Most of Your Tankless Water Heater
Hire a Dependable Contractor for Your Heater’s Installation
It’s essential to work with a skilled professional to install your new tankless heater. Like HVAC maintenance and installation, this job is not as easy as it seems. Mistakes during the process can risk safety and increase the likelihood of early equipment failure. Failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions can also void your heater’s warranty. The experienced team at R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating is ready to help when you’re ready to upgrade or replace your equipment. Aside from water heaters, we also install faucets, toilets, boilers, water softeners, garbage disposals and more!
Choose an Appropriately Sized Unit
Before suggesting a heater model, a reliable professional will determine the ideal unit size based on your hot water usage. It pays to invest in a heater that can keep up with a 70-degree temperature increase above the supply of water in high-demand times.
Have a Professional Measure Your Home’s Flow Rate
Tankless heaters need a specific volume of water constantly flowing through them to keep them from overheating. Your home’s water lines need to keep up with your equipment’s demand.
Consider Getting Dedicated Point-of-Use Heaters at High-Demand Fixtures
You can minimize wasted water and energy by installing dedicated point-of-use heaters in your kitchen, bathroom or other areas with high-demand fixtures. Doing so will reduce the plumbing between the heater and the outlet. As a result, less water and energy are lost while waiting for hot water.
Have the Right Vents for Your Heater
One more benefit of working with experienced professionals like R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating is that they know the ideal vents for your equipment. A tankless heater requires sealed combustion and a direct vent to the outdoors, reducing the chances of back-drafting of combustion fumes.
Maintain Your Heater Regularly
Just as your HVAC system needs regular air duct cleaning, your heater also requires routine maintenance. With proper care, your equipment will remain efficient longer. By keeping your heater in good shape, you’re also ensuring that your household is safe and comfortable. Some warranties require you to perform routine maintenance to remain valid.
Set Realistic Expectations
Many manufacturers claim that a tankless heater can instantly supply you with hot water. However, this type of heater usually needs a few seconds to bring you the hot water you desire. It helps to lower your expectations a little to avoid disappointment.
You can depend on R.A. Biel Plumbing and Heating for high-performance and energy-efficient tankless water heaters. We also offer air duct cleaning, air conditioning installation and preventative HVAC maintenance. Call us at (505) 327-7755 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service.