In this day and age, everyone is looking to save money. The home is a great place to start, especially when one finds out that heating hot water accounts for up to 78% of home energy usage. Could a tankless hot water heater be the answer to lowering this expense? Your Alpharetta plumbers, RS Andrews, will help you with questions you may have. Call 770-882-2760 today.
What is a Tankless Hot Water Heater?
A tankless water heating unit that uses either gas or electricity to heat water that passes through it, on demand. There is no storage tank of water sitting by being continuously reheated.
Is One Right for You?
Since the heater only uses energy when hot water is needed, it can greatly reduce the monthly energy costs. The initial cost to install runs more than a conventional water heater, but they can eventually “pay for themselves”. Often Alpharetta are utilities offer energy tax credits to help offset this cost.
How do Tankless Units Work?
When a hot water faucet is opened, the water begins to flow through the water heater. This in turn activates either the burner (gas) or heating element (electric) that heats the water. Since the heating starts as soon as the water starts to flow, hot water comes out of the faucet within seconds. And since the water is heated as it comes into the house with no tank to run out, the hot water just keeps coming.
Alternatives to Tankless Hot Water Heaters
If the initial cost of going tankless is too high, or not practical in your house, then a fast recover water heater that heats smaller batches of water is another alternative. Of course there is the conventional larger capacity tank heater which may be an alternative.
Selecting a One That’s Right For You
Installation of and selecting a tankless water heater doesn’t require, but should involve the help of a plumbing professional. Factors such as open or closed water system are important to know, as well as finding a unit that will work with the existing structure. They can also advise you if an outside unit would work better.