Tankless water heaters are a great choice for today’s eco-conscious property owners. They work “on demand”, which means they heat water as you need it, which reduces standby energy losses. If you would like to learn more about tankless water heaters or any other type of water heater, then give Lakeside Plumbing Inc. a call at 847-419-0303.
Can A Tankless Water Heater Supply Enough Hot Water To Your Home?
In most cases, a tankless water heater will produce between 2 to 5 gallons of hot water per minute. This is a lot less than traditional storage tank water heaters, so if you’re going to make the switch, you’ll need to adjust your hot water use habits. For example, running the dishwasher at the same time that you take a hot shower is likely to max out or exceed the output of your tankless water heater.
For some, this is nothing to be worried about. For larger households, the demand is often just too great for a tankless water heater. However, if you’re intent on installing a tankless water heater in your home, you can work around the limitations by installing 2 to 3 tankless water heaters, or by using it in conjunction with other appliances.
How Much Money Can You Save With A Tankless Water Heater?
Whether you’re concerned about financial or energy savings, the go-to source for this information is ENERGY STAR®. They are the authority on the subject of energy efficiency, and they provide certifications to building and consumer products that meet their standard requirements. According the their estimates, a typical family with average hot water consumption can save around $100 or more each year by using an ENERGY STAR® qualified tankless water heater.
The initial cost of tankless water heaters is higher up front, however the annual savings do add up over the life of the unit. Tankless water heaters are designed to last you a minimum of 15 to 20 years. This also represents a type of savings, because traditional water heaters are only designed to last an average of 10 years, so you’ll get more use out of the tankless models.
Tankless Water Heaters vs. Traditional Water Heaters
If you’re comparing the 2 water heaters, here are the 3 points to consider:
- Energy Savings
- Money Savings
- Able to Meet Your Family’s Needs — Enough Hot Water
All of these factors fall into the “efficiency” category, and because every property owner’s priorities are different, they carry different weight from one home to the next. For example, if your family is more focused on reducing its carbon footprint, you might be willing to pay a bit more for a higher end model. That’s not to say that you’ll always have to pay a higher price for energy efficiency. .
If you are concerned about which type of water heater is best for your situation, then give Lakeside Plumbing Inc. a call today at 847-419-0303.