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5 Things You Should Know About Tankless Water Heaters

Does an endless supply of hot water whenever you want it sound amazing? Well, if you have a traditional hot water heater your hot water is going through a complicated process that involves a high amount of energy. This leaves you waiting for your water to go from hot to cold, costing you time and money.

Fortunately, as technology has advanced, homeowners have more than one option to choose from for their hot water. Tankless water heaters are one such technology. Tankless water heaters work by heating water directly without any need for a tank. When hot water is turned on, cold water travels up the pipe into the unit. A gas burner or electric heating element then heats the water. This enables them to offer a constant supply of hot water.

Even if this sounds amazing, investing in any new appliance can seem daunting. Before you jump on the tankless water heater bandwagon, there are a few things you should know. Five of them in fact. Luckily, we’ve outlined them for you in this post.

  1. They Can Cut Your Water Bill

You might imagine that having a water heater full of hot water can run up quite the bill. You’ve probably experienced such a bill once or twice. However, the tankless water heater can actually save you money. How? Tankless water heaters, on average, use around 20 percent less electricity than traditional water heaters. Within just 12 months, you can see a dramatic reduction in your water bill. If you use more than the average amount of water you could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over just a couple of years with this nifty device.

The initial costs of purchasing and installing a tankless water heater is substantial compared to traditional units, but overtime the reduction in energy usage can contribute to lower monthly bills for your household.

  1. They Save You Time

Many people and families have to schedule their water use because it takes a significant amount of time to heat up their water. Between laundry, dishes, showers and baths the process of heating water and ensuring that it stays hot for all family members is time consuming.

With a tankless water heater, you have an unlimited supply of hot water readily available to you at any time of day or night. You and your family never have to worry about taking a cold shower or pulling out dirty dishes from the dishwasher ever again. You might not think it on the surface, but the amount of time it takes for your water to heat up can dramatically impact your life. With a tankless heater you’ll never have to worry about that again.

  1. They Are Completely Sustainable

Tankless water heaters are also completely eco-friendly and sustainable. Maximum efficiency leads to lower energy output and a reduction in overall waste. With water shortages wreaking havoc across the US, it pays to invest in a device that can conserve as much of this precious natural resource as possible. Luckily, tankless systems enable you to conserve your water usage without sacrificing the comfort of enjoying hot water for all your needs.

As an added bonus, tankless systems also emit lower CO2 emissions, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier environment.

  1. They Provide You with Endless Hot Water

Obviously, one of the major reasons why anyone purchases a tankless heater is because of the endless supply of hot water they offer. Their ability to provide near constant hot water makes them unique in the appliance world, and gives many people a reason to use them over traditional hot water heaters. Most of us can’t stand being without hot water, and now with this new technology you never have to worry about that again. No matter how many showers or baths you take, you can confidently turn on the faucet knowing that hot water will come flowing out with no hesitation.

  1. They Can Improve The Value of Your Home

Everyone loves special features, especially when they are shopping for a new place to live. A tankless water heater can therefore add value to your property and help increase your asking price. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home any time soon, the reality is that these tanks last for decades and are quite capable of producing extremely hot water throughout that time. Investing in one today is in reality investing in your home tomorrow.

As a homeowner, why wouldn’t you want to add a sustainable, endless supply of hot water to your plumbing system? Embrace the future with a better hot water heater, and go tankless!

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The Henry Plumbing Water Heater Buying Guide

As a homeowner, you no doubt always want to make the best decision for your family. When it comes to purchasing a water heater, it can be difficult to know what factors are important. To help you out, we’ve gathered a few important features to mull over before you purchase a new water heater for your home.

Types of Fuel Sources for Water Heaters: What You Need to Know

As you may be aware, water heaters come in three different heat sources. These include:

  • Natural Gas or Propane
  • Electric
  • Heat Pump Hybrid

Your natural gas or propane heaters use a burner to generate heat for your tank. Because of this, it’s best not to store any combustible materials in or near the unit. You’ll also need to be mindful of the air circulation in and around your tank, as it makes or breaks the temperature of your water. Other important factors to consider include the size of the tank which is typically anywhere from 30 to 100 gallons, the cost (typically more expensive than electric), and that they are more efficient than electric water heaters.

Electric water heaters are the least expensive tanks available and provide a wide-variety of high-efficiency units. Most electric water heaters include several replaceable heating elements that contribute to the longevity of the unit. After all, the last thing you want is for your water heater to die only a year or two after you make the purchase, and electric water heaters can last up to a decade. These tanks hold anywhere from 30 to 100 gallons.

Heat Pump water heaters, unlike the other two types, use heat from the air to generate a higher temperature in your tank. They are also larger than other tanks and are usually more expensive than electric or natural gas heaters. However, they are more energy efficient and can dramatically cut your electric bill over the long run. Their tanks hold anywhere from 50 to 80 gallons.

Size Accommodations

Depending on the size of your home, apartment, or condominium, you will need to choose a water heater that fits within your space. If you have a smaller than normal space, then you’ll have to shop accordingly. The good news is there are several compact tanks on the market, but keep in mind you might have to wait longer than you’d like for your water to heat up should you choose a smaller unit.

There are two standard sizes for water heaters—Tall and Short. Self-explanatory, sure, but lowboys or short heaters typically hold more water without taking up as much vertical space. If you plan to put your heater in a crawlspace then opt for a short heater. Tall heaters are ideal for garages or other high-ceiling areas and can hold up to 100 gallons.

Depending on where you live, the size of your home and your energy demands, the right water heater can likely be found at your local home utility store. Use this guide to make the best decision for your family’s needs and hopefully save some money along the way.

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How to Choose a New Water Heater

There’s a lot to think about when you are choosing a new water heater for your home.  Here are four major factors to consider:

Fuel type

Based on the availability and cost, you should consider what fuel type will work best for your needs. Natural gas and electricity are two of the most common fuel types, but water heaters can also run on oil, geothermal energy, propane and solar power.

Capacity

Ask your plumber to help you determine how much hot water you will need for your family.  A water heater that is too small might mean that someone is stuck taking cold showers.   A water heater that is too big could leave you spending money heating water that you don’t need.

When choosing a storage water heater, the goal is to match your home’s peak hot water demand to the “first hour rating” listed on the new equipment’s Energy Guide label. Different sizing techniques are required if you choose a solar or tankless water heater.

Energy Efficiency

When choosing a water heater you want to think about both the initial cost of a water heater and the long term operating costs.  Lower operational costs over a lifetime can make a larger upfront investment worthwhile. Compare the energy factor (EF) of different water heaters to help you make the best choice, or ask your plumber for help.

Many people are switching to tankless water heaters instead of immediately deciding on a storage water heater. They can be more energy efficient and may be just what you’re looking for.

Total Cost of Ownership

To make your selection easier, calculate the annual operating cost of various water heaters to find out which model will save you the most money in the long run. Remember, more energy efficient models usually have higher initial price tags, but significant savings every month can help the unit pay for itself in time. Plus, units that have a longer projected lifespan save you money by delaying future replacements.

For more information about tankless and conventional water heaters, make sure to check out our Water Heaters Page.