Did you know that heating water can account for up to 30 percent of your home’s average energy bill? Considering energy efficiency when choosing a hot water heater can help you reduce your monthly energy costs. Edmonton plumbing companies share some advice on tankless hot water heaters:
About Tankless Hot Water Heaters:
Tankless hot water heaters offer ‘hot-water-on-demand’. Where your older hot water heater would warm up an entire tank of water, and use a lot of natural gas to keep it heated until it is used, a tankless hot water heater only heats water at the time of usage.
You don’t have to pay to store hot water. The tankless solution uses high-powered burners to quickly heat the water as it goes through a heat exchanger, giving you an instant supply of hot water. If you have a family, this means you don’t have to worry about someone using up all the hot water or waiting for the tank to fill up before you can have your turn to shower.
Tankless hot water heaters are more energy efficient than traditional storage hot water heaters. According to Energy Saver, a home that uses 41 gallons or less of hot water daily will experience up to 34% energy savings with their tankless water heater compared to a conventional water heater. For homes that use upwards of 86 gallons a day, they can still be up to 14% more efficient. If you install a tankless hot water heater at every hot water outlet in your home, you could save up to 50%.
Things to Consider:
Tankless hot water heaters have a higher initial purchase cost, but are long-lasting and will operate at a lower cost resulting in savings over time. They are easy to maintain with replaceable parts readily available. Energy Saver reports that tankless water heaters can last more than 20 years, where a storage hot water tank will last 10-15 years.
One downside is that tankless hot water heaters might not be able to supply enough hot water for multiple uses around the house. For example, more than one person having a shower in different bathrooms at the same time or having a shower while running the dishwasher might exceed its limit. Homeowners with large families or who use a lot of hot water might choose to install two or more tankless water heaters in their home to ensure it meets their needs.