On-Demand Water Heating Can Decrease Energy Usage.
Tankless water heaters are a great way to meet your hot water needs on demand and conserve energy which lowers your utility bills. On average, 14% of your utility bill is a result of heating your water. Tankless water heaters, also known as demand or instantaneous water heaters, provide you hot water only when you need it, unlike tank water heaters that continuously run to keep the tank full of hot water. So, since you are only heating the water that you use, you can lower the energy consumption and save money.
Benefits of tankless (demand or instantaneous) water heaters
- Tankless water heaters operate on demand to heat water only when you need it. This may reduce your energy costs by as much as 35% a year.
- A tankless water heater is up to 40% more energy efficient than a tank natural gas water heater and up to 55% more efficient than a tank electric water heater.
- Tankless water heaters reliably provide hot water whenever you need it and at the preset temperature. If the unit is sized properly, you will not run out of hot water even when you’re the fourth person to take a shower in the morning.
- Professionally maintained tankless water heaters have a longer life expectancy than tank water heaters. They will operate as long as 20 years as compared to 10 years for a tank water heater.
- Tankless water heaters are compact in size which takes less space; therefore, you have more options on where it can be installed in your home.
- Tankless water heaters can be safer since they only operate when hot water is needed, unlike tank water heaters that are constantly heating and reheating water. Many tankless water heaters have several features to further increase their safety. For instance, some models include monitoring systems that provide information about water pressure and flow; and, if a system fails, it would automatically turn off the heater
It is very important to rely on a licensed Jarboe’s plumber to install your tankless water heater.
The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater.
You may lean toward saving money with a less expensive tank water heater, but don’t forget about the energy savings. You may save money on the equipment but not get savings on your utility bills. It’s a matter of instant savings verses larger long-term savings.
Installation and Maintenance
Proper installation is required for your unit to operate at optimal energy efficiency which translates to energy savings. Proper installation takes into account fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues. So, it’s in your best interest to have a Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling plumber install your tankless water heater.