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undefinedEssig Plumbing- What are the Types of Tankless Water Heaters?

Essig Plumbing- What Are the Types of Tankless Water Heater?

Are you thinking about making the switch to tankless water heating?  Essig Plumbing encourages you to consider a tankless upgrade if you think you may be overpaying on your utility bill, because conventional storage tank heaters are not nearly as energy efficient as the more advanced tankless water heater models.  The reason is mainly that conventional heaters store cooled water in a 40 to 80 gallon tank and heat it to a preset temperature all day long, whether or not you are using the hot water.  With tankless, you get an on-demand, perpetual stream of hot water that is never stored, resulting in an up to 30% efficiency increase!

In other words, we think you’re making an excellent investment, and we congratulate you on a wise, responsible choice.  But even within tankless water heating, there are other choices to be made.  Finding the right fit for your water heating needs is a matter of being informed, so please call our Essig Professionals for information and estimates.  To get started, here’s some preliminary information about the different kinds of tankless water heating.  There are two major distinctions to keep in mind here: fuel-source and function.

Tankless Fuel-Sources

  • Electric-Powered- These models are generally the cheapest in terms of up-front investment.  Electric tankless water heaters are easy to maintain, require no venting, and quick.
  • Gas-Powered- While natural gas heaters are a bit more of an investment, seeing as they must be vented properly, they generally cost less to operate and will pay for the difference (and the unit as a whole) over time.  Plus, they are safer to maintain, which your Essig Plumbing professionals will appreciate!  Check the natural gas rates in your area to see if this investment is the right choice for you.
  • Hybrid- With the most powerful compressor in its class, hybrid models are the best choice for homeowners who want to dramatically reduce their energy loss and utility bill.  Again, these units are generally more expensive, but they require no venting and will save you hundreds of dollars off your heating expenses every year.

Tankless Functions

  • Whole House– As the name implies, these tankless water heaters operate throughout your entire house, providing hot water to more than one fixture at a time.
  • Point of Use– Because tankless water heaters are much smaller, more aesthetic, and easier to manage, they can be installed anywhere, even in multiple places.  Point of Use heaters install directly under a sink or in a closet, generally to augment a whole house system when instant or additional hot water is needed from a particular faucet.

As you can see, each combination of tankless water heating system has its own advantages.  For more information on how to optimize your tankless water heater, contact Essig Plumbing for an up-front estimate today.

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