We’re proponents of tankless water heaters. They offer numerous advantages for the right homes, and as an investment in long-term hot water at a lower cost they can pay for their installation many times over. They aren’t ideal for every home, but that’s why you hire a professional plumber in Las Vegas, NV to help you when it’s time to get a new water heater.
Below we’re going to look at a few facts about tankless water heaters that you may not have known. We hope this will give you a better idea of what a tankless water heater can do for your home and if one’s right for you.
Tankless water heaters are more expensive
We want you to know this upfront: although tankless water heaters are smaller than traditional storage tank water heaters, they come with a bigger price tag. The price difference can often scare away potential customers. But the high energy efficiency of tankless systems (often 25% more than standard water heaters) and their longer service lives (more than 20 years) can make them less expensive in the long run.
They usually require a water filtration system
If you don’t have a water filtration system in your house, we recommend having one installed along with your tankless water heater to reduce the minerals and scale that might get into the system. This sediment floats to the bottom of a water heater tank, where it will eventually need to be flushed out, but in a tankless system the scale and sediment can rapidly block water flow and severely cut into the water heater’s efficiency.
Tankless water heaters come in electric models
Most tankless water heaters use natural gas, but for homes that run entirely on electricity, there is an option for an electric tankless system. These units cost a bit less than gas-powered units, but they cost more to run because of the cost of electricity. You’ll want to have professional advice about whether to invest in an electric tankless water heater. You might find a heat pump water heater is a better option.
Tankless water heaters aren’t a new invention
This surprises people because tankless water heaters have only made serious advances into homes over the last ten years. But the technology of tankless water heaters dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. It just took many decades for the technology to develop to the point where tankless could compete against standard water heaters.
You can buy a “smart” tankless water heater
A new piece of technology that has joined with the tankless water heater is Wi-Fi connectivity. You can remotely access your water heater through an app on your smartphone, tablet, or with an internet connection. You can use this to signal the water heater to start heating up water right before you need it so there’s no lapse in waiting for the hot water to arrive. You can also use the app to monitor the system’s efficiency.
Look to The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas when you have to make choices about a new water heater. “Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.”