Wake Forest Tankless Water Heaters
Homeowners have two choices when it comes to heating the water in their home: traditional water heaters that use a storage tank or a tankless hot water system. Although both systems have certain benefits, tankless water heaters are gaining in popularity for the number of advantages they offer over a traditional model.
Traditional hot water systems rely on a pilot light and a storage tank to keep water hot. Water sits in the tank on standby and has to be constantly reheated to maintain high temperatures, using energy and increasing utility costs that are essentially lost. The amount of hot water available is also limited to the storage capacity of the tank and its ability to reheat cold water.
A tankless water heater eliminates this wasted energy by only heating water on demand. This makes them incredibly energy efficient and ensures that a home never runs out of hot water. This improved efficiency also leads to a longer lifespan than tanked systems. The average lifespan of a typical water heater is 10-12 years, while a tankless system can last up to 20 years. Tankless water heaters can often be serviced with replacement parts, making them much cheaper to maintain. A tank water heater usually requires owners to replace the entire system instead of repairing one part.
Water heaters using a storage tank are quite bulky and require a significant amount of space for installation. Ranging in size from 40 to 60 gallons, these systems can take up an entire closet’s worth of space. Tankless water heaters are typically about the size of a small suitcase and mounted to the wall. This allows them to be installed close to the areas that require hot water, such as kitchens and bathrooms, while saving space at the same time.
Tankless water heaters are the water heater of choice for homeowners concerned about the environmental impact of their home. The Department of Energy reports that tankless water heaters can save as much as 50% in energy costs over a tank style, depending on the hot water demands of your home. Combined with lower carbon emissions, tankless water heaters are the logical choice for homeowners who desire to lower their overall carbon footprint and live a green lifestyle.
Considerations Before Buying: Installation, Size, Brand
Installation of a tankless water heater can take time due to needed upgrades with gas and electrical lines and special venting requirements, so it’s wise to research your needs and speak with installation specialists before your current water heater stops working. Service professionals can assist you with figuring out your specific needs and installation costs based on these needs.
Traditional water heaters are measured based on the number of gallons they can hold. Tankless water heaters are measured based on the gallons per minute (GPM) they can output. When determining the GPM requirements for your household needs, consider how many fixtures may be using hot water at the same time. Average GPMs for common items include:
- Shower and Bathtub – 2.5 GPM
- Clothes Washer – 3.3 GPM
- Kitchen and Bathroom Sink – 2.2 GPM
- Dishwasher – 1.3 GPM
Homeowners have numerous brands to choose from when selecting a tankless water heater. We only use Rinnai because they specialize in tankless water heaters and have garnered the reputation as the top selling tankless water heater on the market because of their commitment to designing a superior system.
New Light Customer Service
Our technicians are highly trained and equipped for tankless water heater installation, maintenance, and repair. We have an expert on staff who is capable of repairing minor damages caused by your old water heater. Upon completion, we follow up to hear your thoughts on our job performance and professionalism. Contact New Light for more about why you should choose a tankless water heater.