You have many options when it comes to hot water heaters in Altoona, PA. Many customers are considering the tankless variety for their lower power costs and inability to ever run out of hot water. If you are looking at replacing a hot water heater anytime soon, here is what you need to know about the tankless model:
- How it works: The tankless hot water is exactly how it sounds. With no tank attached, it heats water as it is demanded with a heat exchanger that runs on natural gas or electric coils. This allows water to heat to a preset temperature as it leaves your fixture. The heater is only activated when you turn on the water.
- It will save you money—in the long run: Since it takes more energy to heat a tank of water instead of heating it as it flows, tankless hot water heaters demand less on your electricity or gas bill. However, installation costs can be expensive. Depending on the current systems in your home, you may have to upgrade the gas or water systems to accommodate this technology. You may want those systems assessed before you decide to go tankless.
- There is no delay: With traditional hot water heaters, there can sometimes be a quick blast of cold water or a delay before the water warms up. This is especially true in homes with multiple stories. Tankless hot water heaters do not produce this delay, because the heat exchanger is that efficient. You can turn on the water in your shower without suffering that cold wake-up call first!
- Many sizes and options available: Smaller tankless hot water systems are perfect for mobile homes. In fact, that is where these first became popular. You also have the option of electric power, natural gas or propane powered models. This allows the tankless hot water heater to work in many settings, from RVs to the largest homes.
- Know your flow rate: The flow rate is indicated with your tankless hot water heater, and it indicates the amount of water needing heat at one time. Showers have a greater flow rate than sinks that are not used frequently. The flow rate must match your fixtures—for example, a showerhead that releases four gallons per minute needs a hot water heater that matches it. If you combine a tankless hot water heater with a flow rate of two gallons per minute in this case, you could end up with cold showers. When in doubt, go high.
- Preset temperature depends on model: You will set the temperature based on the natural temperature of your water without heating. For example, if your water is naturally 65 degrees and you want a 100-degree shower, you will set the temperature rise to 35 degrees. On winter days, you will increase this, since the outdoor temperature of your water will be lower. Likewise, in the summer, you will reduce the temperature setting.
Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers maintenance, repair, and installation services for hot water heaters in Altoona, PA. Call us today for assistance with your traditional or tankless model.