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Tankless water heaters are some of the most convenient appliances you can have in your home. Tankless heaters heat water on demand so you never run out of hot water, no matter how many people use the shower in a day. These systems also help you save about 30% on energy and are ideal for winter times. However, you need to choose a heater that fits well with your home. Here are some tips that can help:
Determine How Much You Need
If you don’t choose a heater with adequate capacity, you’ll never get properly heated water. Some people install smaller heaters in their homes in order to save on the initial investment but smaller systems just won’t deliver enough hot water and the temperature will only be lukewarm. The best way to avoid this from happening is to determine how much hot water you actually need. You can choose this based on:
- The number of bathrooms and kitchens in your home.
- The number of appliances that require hot water, including dishwashers, washing machines, etc.
- The overall flow demand (if you want to run two showers or a shower and the dishwasher at the same time)
An expert plumber can help you determine just what kind of tankless water heater you might need for your home.
Gas or Electric
Tankless water heaters can run on gas as well as electricity. You need to determine which option is the most convenient and cost effective for you. If you choose a gas heater, you need to make sure your supply line provides enough to power the new heater. Modern heaters have different kinds of energy demands so the line that supported your old heater just might not be enough.
A tankless water heater will also need proper venting to ensure there’s no build-up of heat. If you choose an electric water heater, you need to make sure you have a proper voltage outlet, your home can support the power demands of the heater, and that the water heater has its own circuit.
The Best Water Heaters
Some water heaters offer better energy savings, lifespan, and performance than others. Here’s a list of the top-ranked tankless water heaters available today:
- Stiebel Eltron Tempra 24 Plus Electric
- Eccotemp Systems High Capacity Gas Tankless
- Ecosmart Eco 27 Electric
- Takagi Indoor Tankless Natural Gas
- Rinnai Natural Gas Tankless
Expert plumbers at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services will be happy to answer any questions you have so give them a call at 613 791 5777 or contact them through the contact today!