One of the most frequent processes in your home is the heating of water. Heating water can account for up to 30% of an average home’s energy cost. Another hassle is to replace a water heater that is leaky or doesn’t working anymore. So what is the solution? A gas tankless water heater is not only more dependable; it can cut your energy bill by almost up to half of what you were paying before. This upgrade can also add value to your home while delivering all the hot water you need.
So how does this work? It’s very simple. The traditional way of heating water was to fill up a water tank and heat the water inside the tank. This could take up to an hour to get the water to the right temperature. Tankless water heaters use a heat exchanger to heat the water before it reaches your shower or faucets. When the water passes through the heat exchanger, the water is heated instead of having to be heated in bulk through a traditional water heater. This is 22 percent more efficient to energy costs than your standard gas-fired water heater.
The typical home goes through about 76 to 80 gallons of water per day. This includes 3-4 showers, a load of laundry, running the faucets 9-11 times and running dishwasher after dinner. This might be considered overkill by some, but it is actually fairly accurate to a common family. With all of this water running through your home, a standard water heater can heat and reheat water all day long. This means that the water heater is going to run more, giving you a higher energy bill.
If you opt for a tankless water heater, the water is heated as needed. When you run a faucet, do a load of laundry, turn on your dishwasher or hop in the shower, the water is heated immediately giving you the temperature that you want. This is extremely important because you don’t have an energy-hungry appliance constantly running. Due to this innovation and streamlined service, the energy bill to your home goes down immensely.
So what is the cost of tankless water heater? The prices vary, and they are more expensive than a standard water heater, however, you are making an investment in bringing down your energy costs. One of the most commonly asked questions is whether or not installing a tankless water heater will require extra pipes or the replacement of pipes already in place. Most tankless water heaters will not require any extra pipes.
What about an extra electrical panel? Tankless water heaters usually do not need any extra electrical panels to be installed to your home. They run off of the same electrical panel as your original water heater. If you plan on installing a generator to your home, you will need to ask a professional about installation or crossing your tankless water heater over to a generator. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Are you tired of paying the costs of standard water heaters? Are you tired of running out of hot water? Do you want to bring down your energy costs and invest in a system that will deliver results? Tankless water heaters are one of the best investments you can make. By using this innovative heat exchanger, you will never be without hot water. Contact Ritz Plumbing for any questions on the installation of a new system in your area.