For many modern homeowners in need of a water heating solution, many people are interested in learning more about whether or not Santa Clara tankless water heating may be the right solution for their needs. For anyone considering a Santa Clara tankless water heating project, it’s important to thoroughly understand the advantages and disadvantages compared to other options before moving forward.
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What are your options?
When it comes to evaluating water heaters, for anyone considering a tankless water heater there are two main options. These options usually boil down to: tankless, and conventional storage tank water heaters.
There are still other types of water heaters, like solar powered water heaters, condensing water heaters, and heater pump water heaters.
Each of these types of water heaters have their own distinct behaviors.
How do tankless water heaters work?
Tankless water heaters produce heater water on-demand, without the need for a tank of water perpetually filled and heated, standing by to be used.
Super-heated coils fill with water on-demand when it is needed, delivering heated water quickly right when you want it. These types of water heaters often work best with gas, but there are also electric models.
Pros and cons
Tankless water heaters may require less utility usage overall, since they don’t need to be constantly maintaining the temperature of a tank full of water. This is also good for the environment. However, they typically cost more up front compared to conventional storage tank water heaters, and you may not actually save enough over time to fully offset the initial upfront cost during purchase.
Higher capacity models of tankless water heaters may require you to upgrade the electricity capacity of your home, or the gas line that will connect to the water heater. Choosing the right capacity is important with any type of water heater, and this also applies to tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters also provide the benefit of taking up less space, which can make a big difference in a smaller home such as in an urban setting where dense population affects home size. However, it’s often suggested that they work best if they are placed close to the location where the water will be used.
What should you choose?
You’ll want to consider a range of water heater products, their prices, your preferences, and the constraints of your living space in order to make a thoughtful decision about which type of water heater to use based on your unique situation.
You may want to start by thinking about how many people will be relying on the water heater, and how much space you have to work with. If you don’t have much space, a tankless water heater may be the only way to go. If you have enough space, your options are greater. The number of people you need to provide hot water with will also determine what size of water heater you’ll need, which you can compare to the space available.
Budget is often a priority for many customers, so be sure to also check both up front prices and costs over time. Then again, for some folks, doing every possible bit they can to protect the environment is a top priority and very meaningful.
Need more help?
Need help reviewing your options, or just want to talk it over with an expert? Our team at Performance Plumbing is familiar with all of the products on the market, and will be happy to help you out with whatever information you need. Call us or send us a quick message and we’ll be happy to help!