Switching to a tankless water heater is no easy fit as you require a plumbing retrofit and possibly an upgrade to your electric service or gas line to increase capacity. Still, for most homeowners in Essex County, MA, going tankless holds several benefits. These include:
Instant Hot Water
Tankless water heaters take about 15 seconds to bring water up to temperature. This means an instant hot water supply as you no longer have to wait for an emptied hot water tank to reheat. Besides, the tankless water heater provides you with hot water as long as you need as you are not limited by storage capacity.
Tankless water heaters are expected to last longer than storage water heaters. While a traditional water heater will last an average of 12 years, the tankless water heater lasts about 20 years. This longer lifespan is likely since tankless water heaters are less exposed to water-based corrosion than traditional water heaters.
Lower Utility Costs Due to High Efficiency
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners using a tankless water heater can experience 24-34% more energy efficiency than homeowners using traditional water heaters. This translates to about $40 to $100 savings annually on energy costs. This efficiency is in part because there is no standby heat loss.
Modern tankless water heaters come in elegant shapes, making them more space-saving and easier to integrate. You no longer have to deal with the traditional water heater taking up valuable indoor space with its large storage tank. While the traditional water heater could take up to 16 square feet of valuable floor space, the modern tankless water heater could be inconspicuously mounted or tacked away in a cabinet.
Both Gas and Electric Models Are Available
There are three most common fuel sources for tankless water heaters. These are electricity, natural gas, and propane. Granted, the electric tankless water heater is designed completely different from the gas models. Still, there’s no meaningful l difference in performance between the gas tankless water heater and the electric water heater. As such, your decision on whether to go with the gas or electric model will solely depend on your fuel budget.
Going Tankless – The Right Way
The cost of installation will vary depending on the type, brand, and flow rate. Seeing as this is a significant investment for homeowners, at Maffei Services we want to make sure you choose the right tankless water heater. We do this through an organized approach:
Determining the Right Number of Devices
A technician evaluates the number of tankless water heater units you will need in your home. This is reached upon by determining the average hot water usage, which is subject to the number of users within the household.
Determining the Right Size
To determine the right size of the tankless water heater, the technician works in conjunction with the homeowner to determine how much water they will be using. The required temperature rise for your home appliance should also be established. Typically, if you need a higher temperature rise, a larger unit will be required.
Determining the Power Source
As highlighted, tankless water heaters either use gas or electricity. Note that if you favor an electric tankless water heater, you will need to evaluate the overall power usage of your home and the existing electric systems. If you are looking for a more powerful unit that is more energy-efficient, a natural gas or liquid propane tankless water heater would be best.
At Maffei Services, we step in to help you sort through the choices to pick the right tankless water heater for your needs. Check out this article to learn more about tankless water heaters. We are located in Rowley, MA, and serve customers in Essex County, MA, and Southern NH. Schedule a free cost estimate today!