The tankless-water-heater which heats water on demand, is proving to be a great energy saving appliance in the home, by heating the water as you need it, not all day and all night.
There is a tremendous loss of energy when not using the newest water-heater-technology. At a bare minimum, you need to have an insulation blanket around your water heater to prevent loss of heat.
When a family gets up in the morning, often showers are taken, and then family members all go their separate directions until 4 or 5:00 pm when everyone returns home.
The water heater keeps the water hot all day long, with heat escaping minute by minute, hour after hour. Without an insulation blanket around your water heater, your heating bill rises, day after day, for unnecessary reasons. Then after dinner, you run the dishes through the dishwasher, and possibly put a load of clothes through the laundry, using up a small amount of that heated water that was kept hot for just this purpose. And again all night, the water heater continues to keep the water hot just in case you decide to shower in the middle of the night.
The idea was introduced to have an instant, on demand water heater at each water source. It was heated by gas, but outrageously priced when considering all the water sources a heater had to be placed.
Today, technology has advanced to the point that a single, tankless water heater unit can be placed where your current water heater is, and water will only be heated on demand. What an innovative invention, that can ultimately save you many dollars each year in energy costs.
There are two small drawbacks, however.
- The gas has to be increased
This type water heater requires gas to heat the water. If you have a gas furnace, then it is a somewhat easy solution. The gas company has to come and change the amount of gas being distributed to the home, since the tankless water heater takes a considerable amount more BTU's than a normal furnace.
If you haven't got gas plumbed to your house, then it could cost you a little extra in getting the gas installed in your home.
- The vent has to be a larger vent due to the greater amount of BTU's and therefore hotter fire and venting needs.
Sometimes you can find rebates given from government for installing energy efficient appliances in the home. If so, that can help with the cost upfront.
All in all, the high efficiency tankless-water-heater could be one of the best investments you could make this year. It could be money in the bank that no savings account interest could begin to equal.
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