Imagine the luxury of enjoying a perfectly hot shower the moment you turn it on. How nice would it be to use as much hot water as you need, without ever having to worry about running out? A tankless hot water heater can turn these dreams into a reality!
Compact and extremely energy-efficient, tankless water heaters are designed to create hot water on-demand and deliver it continuously whenever you need it.
How Do Tankless Hot Water Heaters Work?
When you install a propane or natural gas powered tankless water heater, it’s hooked directly to your waterline. Turning on the hot water tap triggers the heater’s water flow sensor, which activates the burner. Then, water begins to circulate through the heat exchanger. This brings the water up to the designated temperature almost immediately. The water continually stays at that temperature until you turn the tap off. Turning the hot water tap off also shuts the heater off, saving energy.
In contrast, a tank water heater stores a set amount of hot water, typically 40 to 50 gallons. It continually uses energy to refill and heat up the water as it’s used. Unfortunately, these heaters sometimes aren’t able to produce hot water fast enough to keep up with demand.
If your spouse fills up the tub for a relaxing bath or your teen takes a long, hot shower, you may run out of hot water and have to wait 30 to 40 minutes for a tank heater to create a new supply. That’s a lot of energy waste for a less-than-reliable result!
Benefits of Tankless Hot Water Heaters
If your family goes through a lot of hot water each month, a tankless hot water heater is a great investment. They provide a virtually endless supply of hot water and take up far less space. They also use less energy, are longer-lasting, and will save you money.
Since tankless water heaters are very compact, you can either mount them indoors (typically in the garage) or outdoors. Getting rid of your large tank water heater can give you extra storage space by freeing up an entire corner of your garage.
An Energy-Star-qualified tankless water heater can cut your ongoing costs by as much as 60% when compared to a standard tank heater. By lowering your energy consumption, you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint.
Propane and natural gas powered tankless water heaters are extremely durable. They have a typical lifespan that is years longer than a traditional water heater when installed in a residential setting. Gas powered water heaters have almost double the expected lifespan for a tank-style water heater.
They’re also less prone to problems, like the rust or scale build-up that sometimes occurs in a hot water tank. Since tankless heaters don’t store water, you know the hot water coming out of your tap is always clean and fresh. Also, since there’s no tank to fail, you won’t have to worry about a catastrophic leak.
A tankless water heater typically costs more up-front but will ultimately deliver significant savings over the lifetime of your heater. They’re also becoming more affordable, with some priced as low as $400 plus installation. A whole-house tankless water heater can completely replace your 40-gallon tank water heater.
Tankless gas water heaters are also eligible for rebates. Currently, propane tanks receive a $250 rebate, while natural gas units are eligible to receive a rebate of $500 to $675.
Reasons to Choose Propane OR NATURAL GAS
When choosing a tankless water heater, your two primary options are electric and propane or natural gas. In almost all cases, the latter is the best choice.
If your home isn’t already equipped to support an electric system, you may need to have it rewired. This can add as much as $5,000 to the installation cost!
Propane and natural gas water heaters are also more energy efficient than their electric counterparts. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that homeowners who switch from a tank-style water heater to a propane or natural gas powered tankless water heater save an average of $108 per year in energy costs. Electrical hot water heaters, on the other hand, only offer an average savings of $44 a year.
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Are you ready to learn more about whether a propane or natural gas powered tankless hot water heater is right for your home? Contact us today!
We’ll help you choose the best size and model for your home and provide you with full-service installation. When we’re done, we’ll show you how to use your new hot water heater and discuss the recommended maintenance schedule. When propane is the best option for you, we’ll also help you estimate your annual propane use and choose the best propane delivery option for your needs. Make the switch and you’ll never have to worry about running out of hot water again!
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