Are you tired of paying your utility company up to $30 per month for a hot water tank rental? Do you own your water tank and are tired of paying so much energy costs every month for your hot water? If so, then you should strongly consider starting your research with tankless water heater reviews
Going Tankless – Why?
Conventional hot water tanks use energy 24/7 to keep a fixed amount of water hot within the tank at all times. As the day goes on, energy from the hot water is wasted while the water sits idle.
Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, only provide hot water on demand, so energy is only used when you actually use hot water. Obvious idea, right?
Unfortunately, the majority of homes in North America still use hot water tanks, and to make matters worse, the majority of them are rentals!
So why doesn’t everyone switch to tankless water heaters?
While long-term savings will certainly pay for themselves over-time, there is also some additional work involved, and not everyone will do well on tankless water heaters. Even the government recommends tankless water heaters for many people.
For one, the majority of them require annual maintenance to descale calcium and limescale. Depending on your water source, this can cause problems or require more than annual maintenance.
In addition, tankless hot water heaters don’t do well when the incoming water temperature is too cold; sorry Canada, these might not be for you (right now).
That said, for the majority of homes in The United States, tankless water heaters are the right choice in nearly every instance.
Why Natural Gas? Why not electric?
According to gas water heater reviews, they are currently the most powerful tankless heaters available, in terms of their maxmium flow rate (measured in gallons per minute, or GPM). The average electric unit, while cheaper, generally can only handle a maximum of 3.0 GPM, and that is with incoming water temperates of 67F. Natural Gas, on the other hand, is capable of delivering up to 10 GPM, which for some context is about 3 showers simultaneously!
Electric heaters have their place, too. Since they are cheaper, you can simply purchase 2-3 units for roughly the same price as the natural gas, single unit. This is the ideal setup in the Southern United States where incoming water temperatures are much warmer. If water temperates are around 50F, you will definitely need natural gas.
How to make the switch to tankless water heaters
You’ll need to know a few things about your incoming water and your home before you purchase your first tankless water heater:
- What is the incoming water temperature during the winter?
- What is the source of my water, how hard is it? Do you have a water softener?
- What is the price of natural gas vs electric in my area?
- What electric breakers are available in my home?
- What are my hot water needs at peak demand?