Tankless Water Heaters for your Inland Empire Home
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How They Work
Tankless units heat water directly without the need of a storage tank. When the hot water is activated, cold water will travel through a pipe nto the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water rapidly as it passes through. The result is a constant supply of hot water with no storage tankand no waiting for hot water again.
The typical on-demandd heater provides warm water at a rate of 2-5 gallons per minute. A gas-fired tankless water heater will produce higher flow rates than an electric one.
If your household is large and you use heated water in multiple ways at the same time, you may need to install two or more tanks to ensure that you have simultaneous hot water on demand. For example, taking a shower while running a clothes washer can stretch an on-demand unit to its limit.
A Good Investment
For homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day, tankless water heaters can be 245-34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters, which means big savings on your electric bill.
Lower costs down the line
The initial price of this type of equipment is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but they have lower operating, repair and energy costs.
A tankless water heater has an average life expectancy of more than 20 years compared to 10-15 year for a regular storage water heater.
The cost of operating a pilot light in an on-demand water heater varies from model to model. If you purchase a model that has a standing pilot light, you can always turn it off when it’s not in use to save energy.
Intermittent Ignition Device
Another option to consider is a model with an intermittent ignition device (ID) instead of a standing pilot light. This device resembles the spark ignition device on some gas kitchen ranges and stoves and can be more fuel efficient.
Proper installation of your new water heater will optimize its energy efficiency. How to install the unit depends on many factors: fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, especially concerning the combustion of gas-fired water heaters. It’s best to have a qualified plumbing company install your equipment.