As the weather gets colder, now is the time to consider that Mountain View tankless water heating project you’ve been thinking about. Going tankless might feel like a massive undertaking but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’ve put this simple guide together to help you with your Mountain View tankless water heating project.
Choosing between Gas-fired and Electric Tankless Water Heating Units
There are two types of tankless water heaters for homeowners to choose from: gas-fired and electric. Take into account your personal needs when deciding which type to install.
If you’re looking for one water heating unit for your entire house, a gas-fired tankless water heater is the way to go. Although gas-fired units are not as energy efficient as electric tankless water heaters, they are more powerful and have a longer lifespan (up to 20 years).
If you’re looking to upgrade the water heater in just one room, you could go with an electric tankless water heater. Electric units have a smaller profile and are more quiet. They are also more energy efficient than gas-fired tankless heaters, but have a shorter lifespan.
The Many Benefits of Tankless Water Heating
Tankless water heating systems offer many benefits over traditional storage water heaters. Called demand-type water heaters by some, tankless water heaters only heat water on demand when it is in use. Unlike storage water heaters that continuously keep hot water stored in the tank, tankless heaters are directly connected to cold water pipes and heat the cold water immediately when hot water taps are turned on. One of the big benefits of this is energy savings. Since there’s no need to continuously keep the water hot, less energy is expended which also saves money.
Tankless water heating units are also smaller and take up less space than traditional water heaters. This can be more aesthetically pleasing and more beneficial for homeowners with limited space.
Not Cons, but Things to Know
There are a few things about tankless water heaters that homeowners should be aware of before taking the plunge. While going tankless offers many benefits in the realm of overall cost savings, the upfront investment for a tankless system might be more.
If you choose a gas-fired tankless water heater, it will require venting. The tubing required for venting gas along with the installation costs might be more than you expected. Don’t let this deter you. In the long run, a tankless water heater will still save you money.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it might take longer for the water to heat up to your desired temperature. Since tankless units are attached to cold water pipes, it might take a little longer for the water to warm up, compared to a storage water heater that has the water waiting for you hot.
Hire a Professional for Installation
We always recommend that you contact a qualified professional plumbing company like Performance Plumbing for any plumbing projects. Give us a call or send us an email and we can set up an appointment to discuss your Mountain View tankless water heating project today.