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Tankless Water Heaters:
What Shelton, CT Residents Need to Know
What is a tankless water heater and how can you benefit from installing one? How do they compare to standard boiler-type water heaters? Are they a good option for cold climates?
According to the Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can save you money on your electricity bill when compared to water heaters with traditional storage tanks. However, not every location and every building can use a tankless water heater to maximum effect.
Let's compare tankless hot water heaters to more traditional hot water heaters. Where applicable, we'll detail the options that are the best fit for you. Additionally, we will give you a closer look at the Rinnai tankless hot water heater installation process that we use at 1-800-PLUMBER® + Air.
Prepared to learn more regarding tankless hot water heaters? Let's get to it.
What Do We Mean By Tankless?
Let's begin with the basics. What is a tankless water heater? Simply put, a tankless water heater does not store hot water in a storage tank but warms the water as needed. Tankless water heaters can be heated by electricity or by gas. This means that they offer big increases in energy efficiency compared to water heaters with tanks because they only use energy as the water is heated. Contrast this to a boiler-type water heater where the water is kept at a constant temperature.
When compared to standard hot water heaters, tankless heating systems have a higher initial cost. However, over time they provide energy savings that make up for the investment. In addition, they typically last over 20 years compared to an average life of 8-12 years for a boiler-style water heater.
One downside of tankless heaters when compared to traditional heaters is their inability to produce a large volume of hot water. One small tankless water heater may only be able to serve a single faucet or one shower which probably won't suffice for a typical American home. This may mean you are unable to utilize multiple appliances at one time. Larger tankless units or even multiple units can handle fairly large workloads nicely while maintaining its economic advantage.
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Is a Tankless Hot Water Heater for Me?
The best way to start answering this questions is to find out how much hot water your home typically uses. If you do not use a lot of hot water every day, a tankless hot water heater can help reduce your electricity bills by reducing the work load on your overall water heating system. Also, if you live in a smaller house with fewer people, it may make sense to invest in a tankless water heater.
But be realistic. If your home already has a hefty electricity bill and you can point to your hot water heater being a big reason, then a tankless water heater might not be for you.
What About Installation Requirements?
One requirement for tankless water heaters is that they should be less than 50 feet away from their power source. If you use an electric tankless heater, you need an adequate power supply. If you use a gas tankless heater as your primary water heating unit, you will need to consider proper ventilation as well.
Let's Talk Price
As we pointed out, a tankless water heater often tends to be more expensive than traditional water heaters, with tanks. However, many companies offer the opportunity to finance your tankless heater, which may reduce your initial cash outlay. You can work with 1-800-PLUMBER® + Air to map out when you would see return on investment (ROI) on your tankless system.
Tankless Water Heater Installment: Rinnai Tankless
How will our engineers go about installing your tankless water heater? If it's a gas heater, we'll need to mount the unit onto your wall and connect water and gas lines as well as installing a flue to vent any exhaust.
If it's an electric heater, we'll need to mount it and connect it to water and electrical sources.
As far as installation goes, a Rinnai unit comes with the following right out of the box:
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Wall Mounting Bracket (for internal/indoor water heaters only)
Pressure Relief Valve and Adapter
Isolation Valve Kit (for quick isolation of the water heater for service and/or maintenance)
Although installation is fairly simple, you need a pro who has the tools and know-how and get all of the lines hooked up properly for safe operation. Gas line hook up especially should be done by a professional due to the potential for gas leaks and other serious issues. It is also imperative that you select a good location to mount the unit as this will have a big effect on how fast hot water gets to where it needs to go.
Ready to Go Tankless in Shelton?
We hope that we've helped you understand what they are and how they can help you. However, we've just scratched the surface on planning a tankless water heater installation. To get answers about purchasing a unit, getting it installed, and cutting your energy bills, please get in contact with us by calling 203-921-1560! We are here in Shelton, CT and would love to help you save money.
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