TANKLESS WATER HEATER
Tankless Water Heaters
The biggest problems that people have with their hot water is not having enough. You may find that hot water doesn’t last long enough for everyone in your family to get a shower, or that it runs out partway through. These are problems that only exist with a conventional water heater. A tankless heater can solve them. That’s because of how the two kinds of heaters work.
A tankless heater only heats water on demand. It’s a smaller, compact system that flash-heats water when you need it, and turns off as soon as you turn off the faucet. Tankless heaters are designed to save energy.
Tankless heaters cost slightly more up front, but can save you substantially on your monthly bills. Comparing a standard tank heater (50-gallon, electric) with an equivalent tankless (condensed gas-fired unit), the tankless unit can reduce energy costs by 60% or more.
Imagine that you’ve just made it home from work and the one thing you’ve been looking forward to all day is a nice hot shower to wash off the day's work. To your surprise, however, when you turn the water on it’s not hot. In fact, there's only ice cold water pouring out of the shower head. You’ve likely now found yourself wishing that there were a device that could consistently produce hot water on demand without the threat of another cold shower. If this is something you’ve been wishing for or didn't know you needed, North Peachtree Plumbing Co. Inc. has your solution: tankless water heaters.
What Is A Tankless Water Heater?
Largely due to the green movement, tankless water heaters have gained popularity all over the world and most recently in the United States. A tankless water heater, which is also known as an instantaneous water heater, is a compact wall unit that takes up less space than a standard water heater. When you turn on the hot water at the sink, for instance, cold water will travel through a pipe and into the tankless water heater where it will then be heated by either a gas or electric element that will produce your hot water.
There are two different types of tankless water heaters: point-of-use heaters and whole-house heaters. These two different types of tankless heaters can come in gas and electric models that you can choose from depending on factors like your personal preference, your household size and building capabilities.
Point-Of-Use Water Heaters
Point-of-use (POU) tankless water heaters are small systems that are dedicated to heating only one or two outlets. It is important to note that POU’s are not for whole-house use as it would take many POU heaters to be able to supply enough hot water. Typically, a POU tankless water heater should be installed as close to the outlet you are wanting to use as possible to avoid any lag time, the time it takes for the hot water to reach your faucet. It is most common for POU heaters to be electric.
Whole-House Water Heaters
A whole-house tankless heater is built to provide the entire house with hot water on demand and is often fueled by gas or propane although it can also come in an electric system. This is the traditional single water heating system for the entirety of your home and can usually be found in the garage or basement. A whole-house tankless water heater is generally cheaper to purchase, install and replace than using many small point-of-use water heaters.
Gas Tankless Water Heater Pros
Have a higher capacity
Lower operating cost
Lasts up to 20 years
Electric Tankless Water Heater Pros
Low initial investment
Little maintenance needed
Tankless Vs. Standard Water Heater
Not only do tankless water heaters take up far less space than a standard tank heater, a tankless water heater can last about 5 to 10 years longer while producing an unlimited amount of hot water. Due to the fact that tankless water heaters can be installed in tight spaces, it is the more desirable option than a water heater tank that may occupy much needed space. Even though tank water heaters may have a lower installation cost in the beginning, in the long run your tank water heater will likely cost you more in utilities where in contrast your tankless can save money in the long-run.
Benefits Of A Tankless Water Heater
Energy Efficient- By only heating up water when it is actually needed, a tankless heater can save on energy. That means if you’re not needing hot water, none will be produced unlike in a tank heater where the water is constantly being heated whether it is needed or not. The energy used to keep the standard tank water hot is called standby heat loss.
Endless Hot Water- With no tank to constrict the amount of water that can be supplied, choosing the tankless option will allow for an endless flow and supply of hot water in your home.
Longer Water Heater Life- Owning a tankless heater has a significantly increased life than a standard tank water heater. An average tank heater may last anywhere from 6 to13 years while a tankless heater can last up to 25 years.
No Leaks- An average tank water heater can hold about 50 gallons of water and quite possibly could leak and cause a plethora of damage to your items and home. With a tankless water heater you can have peace of mind knowing that there is no risk of the tank leaking because quite simply there is no tank!
Saves Space- A typical water heater stands tall at roughly 50 to 76 inches holding up to 100 gallons of water. Going with a tankless water heater, however, will save you much needed space as they range from 10 inches high and 7 inches wide all the way to 30 inches high by 20 inches wide depending on if you are using an electric or gas model. Either way, you’re still saving a ton of usable space.
We believe that once you go tankless you’ll be thanking us. At North PeachTree Plumbing Co. Inc., we offer three various brands of tankless water heater options to choose from that include NoritzⓇ, RinnaiⓇ and Rheem. For more information about tankless water heaters or any other service we provide, please give us a call at (678) 234-8385, send us an email to Tom@north-peachtree-plumbing.com or visit our contact page.