When it’s time for a new water heater, energy efficiency is typically near the top of many people’s wish lists in Richmond. A tankless water heater is a good option for saving energy. In fact, a tankless water heater is 8–34 percent more energy efficient than a storage water heater, according to energy.gov.
Unlike traditional tank heaters that heat gallons of water and store it for usage, tankless water heaters use gas burners or electric coils to heat water on an as-needed basis, which could save you a lot on energy bills. Since the heated water isn’t stored for use at a later time, you don’t have to pay for standby energy losses like you might with tank heaters. You’ll also benefit from having a constant supply of hot water. They are smaller in size, energy-efficient in design and low-cost to operate.
When you turn on a hot water tap, cold water moves through the unit where either a gas burner or an electric element is going to heat it. Then it travels to the tap, where you then have hot water. One caveat about tankless water heaters—specifically for larger homes—is that the flow rate of hot water may not be great enough to accommodate numerous uses at once. One of our specialists will help you determine what your flow rate is and offer recommendations based on their knowledge.
Some people choose to install a separate tankless water heater that’s designated to a specific appliance, like the dishwasher or the clothes washer—or as a booster for a solar water heating system. However, many households in the Richmond area do alright with a single tankless water heater. Let’s look at some of the bonuses of getting one:
- Most tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20 years—that’s about twice as long as the lifespan of a regular tank heater.
- Most tankless units have a federal tax rebate.
- Tankless water heaters rarely run out of hot water.
- You get higher energy efficiency with a tankless water heater because they are more efficient with no standby heat loss and only use the power they need to heat the amount of water needed at any point.
- Tankless models take up much less space than traditional tank water heaters. They can even be hung on the walls and some can be put in small cupboards or closets. Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to where they’re used.
With tankless water heaters, you eliminate the possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank. Call Eveready Service Experts today if you want an ENERGY STAR® rated, tankless hot water heater put in your Richmond home. It’s a great energy-efficient addition for your home. We have quality tankless hot water heater choices, expertise and expert service—for all your tankless water heater needs. Give our team a call at 804-548-4480
or request an appointment with us online.