When you want to turn up the heat on your water for a hot bath, water for washing dishes, or water doing laundry, a tankless water heating system can provide the kind of water delivering performance and energy-saving efficiency you want.
An on-demand tankless water heater delivers instantaneous hot water when you turn the knob on your water faucet, and the way a tankless water heating unit works to turn up the heat is not only interesting but energy-efficient.
Because tankless water heaters only produce from two gallons of hot water up to five gallons of hot water each minute, it may be a challenge for a tankless heating unit to produce enough hot water if your family uses an extreme amount of hot water. This especially applies if several sources are turned on at the same time, such as a washing machine and a dishwasher using hot water from your tankless heating system simultaneously.
The way your family uses hot water determines if a single tankless hot water heater is able to meet the demand for hot water for your family. However, if one tankless heater doesn’t provide enough hot water, it’s also possible to install two or three tankless water heaters in tandem to double or triple the hot water output. Installing one tankless water heater at each point of hot water use helps meet the high demand for hot water.
Choosing a tankless water heater to make hot water for your home is often a more energy-efficient way of getting the hot water you need, rather than choosing a traditional tank water heater. This is because with a tankless hot water heating system, you aren’t paying to heat water that stands in the tank of a storage-type water heater in your Greater Boston home until it’s needed. However, the amount of heated water your family uses each day affects whether you’re likely to see energy savings on hot water production by choosing an on-demand tankless water heater over a water heater that has a storage tank that holds your hot water after heating it.
The potential for saving money on energy costs to heat water with a tankless water heater is part of why we recommend discussing your family’s hot water consumption with your professional technician from 128 Plumbing. Your tankless heater installation technician is able to go more in-depth with you, explaining additional details about the way your tankless water heater will work. Your 128 Plumbing pro will also be on hand to offer more details about the potential energy use or savings of switching to a tankless water heater or having one repaired.
While both gas tankless water heating systems and electric tankless water heaters perform well at providing you with hot water, tankless hot water heaters that are powered by gas are known for delivering a higher rate of flow than electric tankless water heaters. One potential drawback of gas-powered tankless water heaters is that the pilot light in some models stays on constantly, using energy whether anyone is using the hot water that comes from the tankless water heating unit in your Eastern Massachusetts home or not.
Your plumbing professional from 128 Plumbing is available as a source of information for you when you want to know more about the gas use and estimated costs of using a tankless heating source that operates on gas or electric power for heating your water with a tankless system, rather than a storage-type water heater.
Your technician may be able to suggest ways to reduce the amount of gas used, such as turning the tankless water heater off when it’s not being used. Your technician may also recommend choosing a tankless hot water heater that’s made with an intermittent ignition device, or an IID.
Choosing a tankless water heater with an IID is a way to help you reduce the amount of gas your tankless water heater uses, so the flame only kicks on when you need hot water. An IID is a type of automatic ignition device that works when it is triggered by a spark that occurs when you initiate the demand for hot water.
Tankless water heaters typically have a higher initial cost than tank water heaters. However, because tankless water heaters are so energy efficient, you may recoup your initial investment much quicker than you can recover the cost of a new tank water heater. The amount of hot water you use in your home each year affects how quickly you break even on the cost of purchasing on-demand water heaters.
You save money due to the longer life expectancy of a tankless water heating unit as well. Tankless water heating units last around 20 years and also have parts available that can extend that number out to as long as 35 years. Compare the potential life expectancy of a tankless water heater to that of a tank water heater, which is approximately 10 years. You also save on the cost of heating water due to the energy-efficient way a tankless water heating system works.
While a skilled DIY enthusiast may be able to successfully install a tankless hot water unit to heat the water in a home, tankless water heaters should be professionally installed to ensure the safety and proper flow of hot water. This is due to the fact that safety is an issue when connecting gas lines if you choose a gas-powered tankless water heater, and electrical wiring should be professionally handled for safety reasons when a tankless water system is being installed.
Getting the amount of hot water you need when you turn on the water faucet is at the heart of any tankless water heater choice.
At 128 Plumbing, selling and installing on-demand tankless water heaters are among our specialties. We also provide information about maintaining tankless water heaters to Middlesex County homeowners, and our skilled technicians are on-hand to provide service for your malfunctioning tankless on-demand water heater. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for tankless water heater service or installation.