Tankless water heaters are rising in popularity thanks primarily to their limited energy consumption. Besides savings, however, many consumers have switched to tankless water heaters for their space-saving design and variety. Those looking to heat water for a small house or an entire office complex can usually find a model and plan right for their project, regardless of whether they need a central water heater or demand heaters next to major appliances.
Not all tankless water heaters are suited for every situation, however, and here are five very important things to consider before going tankless.
Do you need Natural gas or Propane?
Although tank-less water heater are electrical unit they run off either natural gas or liquid propane. This source of gas at times can be an issue and the question must be asked.
Which is the best choice for you and your water heater? The choice is up to you.
Depending where you live. Some areas only offer natural gas which in most metropolitan areas is the norm. For those who live if the aerial areas propane is the only choice which when it comes to tank-less heater you still have the ability to use large residential propane tanks this can be an issue when choosing the correct heater for one’s application. Propane tanks would need to be filled every time one runs out of gas, which presents a dilemma if one is not aware how much their propane capacity is.
How Effective Are Tankless Water Heaters?
Traditional water heaters can boil water just as hot as any tankless water heaters but are less efficient and less timely in the way they heat the water. Tankless heaters are more effective in heating water by a factor of plus or minus 2 degrees in less time.
In addition, tankless heaters can heat multiple fixtures with ease. But depending on the ratio of water to fixtures you may have to purchase multiple units.
If you properly install your tankless heater with a Noritz professional, users can reduce the hassle of experiencing heat loss, temperature fluctuations, or calls to Noritz Support for troubleshooting.
What Can You Afford?
Tankless water heaters save money in the long run, but they do cost more up front than a traditional water heater. If you decide you need multiple tankless water heaters, you have the ability to connect multiple units such’s as a NRC98-DV through system controllers. This allow the units to communicate and work together to meet the heating demands when necessary.
Do You Re-Circulate Water?
While it isn’t impossible to attach a re-circulation system to a tankless water heater, it comes at a cost. Not only will your ‘tankless’ water heater likely need a side tank, but contractors will have to dedicate a lot of time to the project. One way to cut down these cost is by looking into tankless heaters such as the NRCP or the Combi line of heaters. Both lines come with built- in re-circulating pumps which cut down on additional hardware.
Are You Ready to Make a Change?
Once you’ve thoroughly examined your options, it’s important to make sure you’re ready for the change. A new system will always require an adjustment period for users. Change can be a good thing, though. After all, going tankless means lower energy bills, and that is something consumers are always ready to try.
As you consider, think about your situation, your demands, and the potential benefits of a tankless water heater. Are you ready to go tankless?