Tankless Water Heaters for your Inland Empire Home
Tankless Water Heaters, also known as on-demand hot water heaters, have been gaining popularity in homes across the nation over the last decade. They are a popular choice as they are energy efficient and provide instant hot water. If you are considering a tankless unit for your home, Hedrick and Young is here to answer all of your questions!
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 into 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 tank and no waiting for hot water again.
The typical on-demand 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
Tankless water heaters offer plenty of benefits compared to traditional tank water heaters. Some of these advantages include:
- Energy savings – For homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day, tankless water heaters can be 24%-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.
- Longer lifespan – A tankless water heater has an average life expectancy of more than 20 years compared to 10-15 years for a regular storage water heater.
Tips from Experts
Pilot Light: 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 (IID) 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.
Installation: 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, and safety issues, especially concerning the combustion of gas-fired water heaters. It’s best to have a qualified plumbing company install your equipment.
Why Choose Hedrick & Young
Hedrick and Young Plumbing has well-trained and certified staff that can help you determine which type of hot water tank is best for you and your family. Our experienced technicians can also suggest other energy-saving devices and systems that can help you save money on your energy bills. We offer financing options and free estimates on all services. Call us today at [tel: 909-200-6776] for excellent plumbing and customer service at an affordable price!