Should I Install a Tankless Water Heater in My Home?
June 22, 2015
If it's time for a replacement water heater, or you have a brand new home that needs a water heater, you have a number of options from which to choose. One of these is a tankless hot water heater. While these system have gotten a lot of notoriety lately, you need to examine if this type of system is a good fit for you and your home before purchasing one. The plumbing experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can help with all of your hot water installation needs, from sizing to completing the installation. Just give us a call and schedule an appointment for your home in Sacramento, CA.
How It Works
A tankless hot water heater works very differently from a storage tank water heater. The system heats hot water as you need it, known as on-demand. The unit is able to do this because it uses a heat exchanger to transfer heat to the cold water. This process takes mere seconds after opening a hot water tap anywhere in your home.
Benefits of a Tankless Unit
There are some very good reasons why tankless hot water heaters have become so popular:
Endless hot water - there's no need to worry about running out of hot water with a tankless system because it heats water as you need it.
Better energy efficiency - there are a couple of ways a tankless unit can provide better energy efficiency for your home: first, you won't lose any energy via standby heat loss because there is no tank; second, the system uses energy only when hot water is called for, not on a cyclical basis, so less energy is used.
Longer lifespan - tankless units have an average lifespan of 20 years versus 10 to 13 years with a tank unit.
Work with an Expert
Tankless units will cost more for initial installation and they are more complicated to install, which is why it's so important to work with a trained expert before choosing tankless unit for your home.