When it’s time for a new water heater, energy efficiency is typically near the top of many people’s needs in Austin. A tankless water heater is a good option for saving energy. In fact, a tankless water heater is 8–34 percent more energy efficient than a storage water heater, according to energy.gov.
Unlike traditional tank heaters that heat gallons of water and store it for a later time, tankless water heaters use gas burners or electric coils to heat water on an as-needed basis, which could save you a lot on energy bills. Since the heated water isn’t stored for use at a later time, you don’t have to worry about paying for standby energy losses like you might with tank heaters. You’ll also benefit from having a constant supply of hot water. They are compact in size, energy-efficient in design and low-cost to operate.
When you turn on a hot water tap, cold water comes through the unit where either a gas burner or an electric element heats it. Then it goes to the tap, where you end up with hot water. One thing about tankless water heaters—particularly for bigger houses—is that the flow rate of hot water may not be great enough to accommodate a handful of uses at once. One of our professionals will help you decide what your flow rate is and give you recommendations based on their knowledge.
Some people prefer to install a separate tankless water heater that’s picked for a specific appliance, like the dishwasher or the clothes washer—or as a booster for a solar water heating system. However, most households in the Austin area do alright with a single tankless water heater. Let’s look at some of the bonuses of getting one:
- Most tankless water heaters have a lifecycle of 20 years—that’s about twice as long as the lifespan of a normal tank heater.
- Most tankless units come with a federal tax rebate.
- Tankless water heaters almost never run out of hot water.
- You get improved energy efficiency with a tankless water heater because they are more efficient without standby heat loss and only use the power they need to heat the amount of water needed at any time.
- Tankless models need much less space than traditional tank water heaters. They can even be hung on the walls and some can be put in small cupboards or closets. Smaller units can be added under cabinets or in a closet, closer to where they’re used.
With tankless water heaters, you decrease the chance of flooding due to a ruptured tank. Call Strand Brothers today if you want an ENERGY STAR® rated, tankless hot water heater put in your Austin home. It’s a great energy-efficient choice for your home. We carry quality tankless hot water heater choices, skill and expert service—for all your tankless water heater needs. Give our team a call at 512-596-1257
or request an appointment with us online.