Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, are the most up to date water heating systems available today. When compared to conventional water heating systems, they can be up to 34% more efficient which equals savings on your energy bill. Along with increased efficiency, they also have an expected lifespan that doubles that of a conventional storage tank water heater.
If you’d like more information on tankless water heaters or would like an estimate, feel free to give us a call at 731-300-1030. We serve Jackson TN and the surrounding areas.
Keep reading below to find out more about tankless water heaters – such as their efficiency and other benefits, how they work, installation information and even some pricing information.
According to the Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be 24-34% more efficient than conventional water heaters. Because these water heaters only produce hot water as it is needed, hence why they are called demand water heaters, they don’t have to keep a large amount of water hot for long periods of time. This reduces energy use when compared to conventional water heating systems.
With a tankless water heater you get instant heat. There is no waiting time to allow the water to heat up before using it, as with a conventional tank system. This is extremely beneficial for those who need hot water on an immediate and constant basis. As the water passes through the tankless unit, it is heated either by a gas burner or electric heating coils. This allows for quick heat and heated water that doesn’t run out.
Gas vs Electric
Tankless water heating systems are available as gas units or electric units. On average they provide hot water at a rate of 2-5 gallons per minute. Typically, gas tankless water heaters (propane or natural gas) provide a higher flow rate of water when compared to their electric counterparts. But, if there are numerous appliances using the hot water at the same time, this can stretch a single tankless unit beyond it’s hot water supplying limits, whether it’s a gas or electric unit. While you won’t run out of hot water as with a tank water heater, there is a limit to how much hot water a tankless unit can supply at one time. If this might be an issue, consider installing more than one tankless hot water heater. You can even install a tankless water heater separately at each appliance (shower, washing machine, etc.) if preferred.
Convenient Small Size
Another great benefit of tankless water heaters is their small compact size. For homes or businesses that lack the extra space needed for a conventional water heater, demand water heaters fit the bill perfectly. They do not take up any floor space and can be installed on the wall, either inside or outside. This makes them more versatile and they provide more flexibility for the owner. Now you don’t have to have a room dedicated to your water heater. It can be installed on any wall in any room, inside or outside.
Durability and Longevity
You can expect up to 20-30 years of productivity from an on-demand water heater. This equates to longer expected longevity and durability when compared to a storage tank unit. If the unit does fail, you don’t have to worry about it flooding your home or business which can happen with a storage tank water heater.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
When replacing a conventional water heater with a tankless version, changes will have to be made. Usually, piping will have to be relocated or at least extended to accommodate the tankless system. But, this is expected considering the switch is to a completely different system. On the other hand, replacing a tankless water heater with a new one does not typically include any major modifications.
With a tankless gas system, venting modifications will also have to be made. So, installing an electric unit will likely be cheaper than a gas unit.
Concerning both tank units and tankless units, it’s important to be aware if you have extreme “hard water”. Hard water can cause issues for any water heater and decrease it’s lifespan. It’d be wise to address this if you live in a hard water area.
Tankless Water Heater Cost
The cost to install a tankless water heater when compared to a conventional water heater is around double the cost. For example, let’s say a new tank water heater, including installation, is around $795. A tankless water heater would likely start at around $1495, including installation. As you can see, the cost is nearly doubled. But, remember you are getting twice the lifespan and the other benefits listed above.
Purchase price and installation costs will vary from installer to installer. Be sure to do your research and find a fair, cost-effective deal. We are confident that we have some of the fairest prices around the Jackson TN area.
If you are interested in a tankless water heater for your home or business, give us a call today at 731-300-1030. You can also fill out the form below.
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