Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular in both new construction homes and as upgrades for existing ones. The technology has been around for some time, but has improved over time to become one of the most energy efficient options we have today.
With so many advantages, it’s easy to see why this is an easy choice for many homeowners making the switch. Whether it’s time to replace a water heater or you want to take advantage of the Energy Star tax break, here are seven benefits of a propane tankless water heater.
More Energy Efficient
A tankless water heater works on-demand, meaning it only heats water as it’s needed. A traditional water heater keeps a supply of hot water available constantly, which means it needs to work continuously. This makes tankless hot water heaters much more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly than their tanked cousins.
Lower Utility Bills
All of that energy savings adds up over time, and you will see it reflected on your utility bills month after month. If it’s an option for you and you decide to replace an electric hot water tank with a propane tankless unit, the energy savings will be even higher. While the initial investment in a tankless system is a little higher than a traditional one, the savings will make up for that investment over time.
Instant and Endless Hot Water
Probably the most enticing feature for most homeowners is access to hot water instantly. You won’t need to turn on the sink or shower and wait for the tap to run hot. You also won’t need to plan the shower and laundry schedule with your family to ensure everyone has hot water. An endless supply of water is available instantly.
Hot water tanks are bulky and take up a lot of space. There really is no convenient place for them. The tanks can be pretty big for large homes, or you may even need more than one. This is no longer a problem with a tankless water heater system. While the unit itself may still be large compared to other tankless systems, they will be smaller than tanked options.
Less Maintenance Required
Traditional tanked water heaters will need routine cleaning and inspections. You may need to replace valves and tubing regularly. Tankless systems should be flushed annually to remove any hard water buildup from the heating elements, but other more labor-intensive maintenance requiring parts typically isn’t needed.
Longer Lifespan and Warranties
Tanks with a heavy load of hard water at a high temperature sitting in them constantly will break down, especially around the seams at the base of the unit. This is unavoidable, even with the most expensive units. Tankless water heaters, by comparison, can last five to ten years longer due to their more efficient design. Because they are expected to last longer, they often come with much longer warranties.
Possible Tax Breaks
There are tax breaks available for many types of home upgrades, especially those that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Tankless water heaters are just one such upgrade that qualifies for a tax break. Before purchasing one and having it installed, be sure to check that the propane tankless water heater you are considering qualifies for the tax rebate through the Energy Star program. You can also confirm this with the propane company installing the heater.
If you are considering switching to a tankless water heater and have questions about the process, call Quality Propane today at (704) 489-9394 to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to discuss your options and set up the installation of a new tankless system.
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