If you’re contemplating on replacing your traditional water heater with a new and upgraded tankless water heater you probably have a lot of questions. Let us help you make the right decision.
One of the first considerations, of course, is cost effectiveness. While a tankless water heater will most certainly save you money every month the price of installation is higher than just simply installing a new tank style water heater. While the cost for the installation of a tankless water heater is much greater than a traditional water heater, tankless water heaters use much less energy to run and are therefore more environmentally friendly. A traditional tank water heater typically uses more energy keeping the water sitting in the tank hot at all times. Because there is no storage tank that needs to be heated continuously a tankless water heater will only need to run when there is a demand for hot water in the home, saving you money on your monthly energy bill. The life expectancy of a tankless water heater is also much greater than a traditional water heater at over 20 years with the traditional heater’s only at 10-12 years.
One of the biggest perks is the endless hot water! A traditional water heater only stores a certain amount of water that is kept warm and once that is gone, it must refill and reheat more water. With a tankless water heater, once a hot water faucet is turned on, cold water enters the tankless system and is heated in the heat exchanger before reaching your faucet. Once the faucet is cut off and there is no longer a need for hot water the heater is cut off and goes back into standby mode.
When deciding on whether you want to make the change to a tankless water heater make sure the estimates you receive include any upgrade on electrical or gas lines, may you need. Because tankless heaters must provide a great deal of heat in a very short time, it uses more gas than a traditional water heater. Thus, you may need to run a new gas line to be able to supply the extra capacity.
R. A. Styron is here if you need help deciding what is best for your family and your wallet. If you have any questions, need more information or an estimate give us a call today at 757-420-5488. When comfort counts, call R. A. Styron Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.