Long gone are the days of heating bath water on the stove – thank goodness! Fortunately, modern day plumbing and heating technologies have made running hot water throughout your home nice and simple. They’ve even developed several methods to do so. That being said, if you’re considering tossing your clunky old hot water heater for the tankless alternative, here’s what you need to know.
First, a bit about traditional hot water heaters.
- A standard 80-gallon tank can heat and hold enough water to shower, wash dishes and run the washing machine all at the same time. Sounds good right? Wrong…
- In the process of heating all that water a ton of standby energy is lost, causing you to wait 20 minutes to an hour until your tank refills again – cue the freezing cold showers.
The advantages of going tankless.
- With tankless water heaters, there’s no reserve tank so it’s all on demand. That means no excess energy is used to heat and retain hot water. Say goodbye to “running out of hot water” for good.
- Since your water is heated on the spot, you’ll be reducing energy loss and increasing efficiency by 50% right off the bat. You know what that means – savings, about $165 a year to be exact.
If you’re thinking of upgrading your current water heating system to a tankless option, there are two options: gas-fired and electric. While the gas-fired option is more expensive, it can qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $300 and is more efficient than the electric alternative.
To learn more about your hot water heater options, call the heating and cooling experts at Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC today! Just dial 203-378-4700.