Water heaters are the second largest energy user in a home, and one of the most important pieces of equipment for reasons of comfort and economics. Due to recent increases in efficiency standards from the U.S Department of Energy, propane tankless hot water heaters are becoming very common for not only new construction but as replacement units in homes as well.
Important points to know about propane tankless hot water heaters:
- Endless Hot Water Delivery: Tankless water heaters do not have a storage capacity and heat water only when it is needed, so homeowners have an endless supply of hot water.
- Compact Size: Tankless water heaters are installed on the wall, saving floor space and can be put in tight spaces such as closets.
- Efficient: Tankless water heaters – also known as “demand” systems – eliminate “standby losses,” which occur as heated water in a traditional tank is constantly re-heated and loses energy to the surrounding environment. Tankless systems do not suffer standby losses because they heat water only when it is being called for in the home.
- Environmental: Tankless water heaters have 50-60 percent lower CO2 emissions than electric storage tank systems.
- Savings: Tankless water heaters save more than $150/year in energy costs when compared with a typical electric storage water heater.