When it’s time for a new water heater, energy efficiency is usually near the top of many people’s wish lists in Knoxville. A tankless water heater is a great route for saving energy. In fact, a tankless water heater is 8–34 percent more energy efficient than a storage water heater, according to energy.gov.
Unlike traditional tank heaters that heat gallons of water and store it for use, tankless water heaters use gas burners or electric coils to heat water on an as-needed basis, which may save you a lot on energy costs. Since the heated water isn’t stored for use at a later time, you don’t have to pay for standby energy losses like you might with tank heaters. You’ll also benefit from having a constant supply of hot water. They are small in size, energy-efficient in design and low-cost to operate.
When you turn on a hot water tap, cold water moves through the unit where either a gas burner or an electric element will heat it. Then it heads to the tap, where you get hot water. One note about tankless water heaters—especially for bigger homes—is that the flow rate of hot water may not be great enough to take on several uses at once. One of our specialists will help you figure out what your flow rate is and offer recommendations based on their analysis.
Some people prefer to install a separate tankless water heater that’s designated to a specific appliance, like the dishwasher or the clothes washer—or as a booster for a solar water heating system. However, a lot of houses in the Knoxville area do alright with a single tankless water heater. Let’s look at some of the bonuses of having one:
- Most tankless water heaters have a lifespan of 20 years—that’s about twice as long as the lifespan of a normal tank heater.
- Most tankless units carry a federal tax rebate.
- Tankless water heaters almost never run out of hot water.
- You get higher energy efficiency with a tankless water heater because they are more efficient without standby heat loss and only use the power they need to heat the amount of water needed at any point.
- Tankless models take up much less space than traditional tank water heaters. They can even be hung on the walls and some can be put in small cupboards or closets. Smaller units can be added under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
With tankless water heaters, you get rid of the chance of flooding due to a ruptured tank. Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts today if you want an ENERGY STAR® rated, tankless hot water heater added to your Knoxville home. It’s a great energy-efficient addition for your home. We have quality tankless hot water heater choices, knowledge and expert service—for all your tankless water heater needs. Give our team a call at 865-229-6176
or request an appointment with us online.