Is A Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?

Posted: November 20, 2023

Propane Tankless Water Heater Benefits

A propane tankless water heater is a great alternative to a traditional storage tank water heater, which constantly uses energy to heat and reheat water and wastes a lot of energy in the process. Since going green (and saving money) is very important to most homeowners, a tankless heater represents a fantastic investment. Tankless units allow you to easily reduce waste and make your home more energy-efficient while adding to its value as well.

While it’s true that a tankless propane water heater has a higher upfront cost than a traditional storage tank water heater, you’ll discover that you can save a lot of money on your water heating expenses over time. It’s estimated that you can save more than $150 a year in annual energy costs compared with electric tank storage models.

How a Propane Tankless Water Heater Works

A propane tankless water heater is so compact in size that it can easily be mounted on a wall. These units are about the size of a suitcase, which allows for installation in crawl spaces, attics, closets and other tight spaces.

How can something that small deliver a comparable amount of hot water than an old tank storage water heater? It’s simple. When you turn on your hot water faucets or an appliance, a flow sensor will activate a propane gas burner to heat the water. The heating will continue until you turn off the faucet, which shuts off the gas burner.

Isn’t that a better option than relying on your old storage tank water heater to heat water and store it for when you need it? This is not an ideal situation as the tank will lose heat over time, especially if the hot water tank is in an unheated space. And that costs you money!

By switching to a tankless model, your energy efficiency can improve by up to 40% and you’ll have access to virtually unlimited amounts of hot water – because you won’t have to worry about the tank draining and having to refill and reheat.

How Do I Choose a Tankless Water Heater for My Home?

There are two key factors that need to be considered when deciding on the type of tankless water heater that meets your needs.

1. Flow Rate: This is how much hot water you will need at any given time.

2. Temperature Rise: This is the difference between the incoming cold-water temperature and the desired temperature .

You will need a professional like Wilson Oil and Propane to calculate which fixtures you plan to operate simultaneously and how much hot water each will use.

So, depending on key factors like how many tubs and showers you have, how often you’re running appliances like a washing machine or dishwasher, and how many of these would be in use at once, we can customize your tankless water heater to suit your needs and always deliver all the hot water you need.

As you consider your requirements, or if you need some help figuring out what’s most important, get in touch with us. We’ll walk you through the process and help you get a better understanding of your household’s hot water needs.

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