Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Massachusetts Home?
As Christmas approaches, it might be time to consider whether a tankless water heater would make a good addition to your greater MetroWest area home. Who wouldn’t like the gift of dependable, energy-efficient hot water?
Also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, tankless heaters provide hot water only as needed. This means less energy is wasted trying to keep stored water hot.
How it works
To accomplish this, water is heated as it flows through the unit by either an electric element or gas burner. The results: endless hot water. No more waiting for the storage tank to fill up.
As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. Although a tankless water heater is limited to a flow rate of 2-3 gallons per minute, if you’re not using several hot water appliances at once, you’re golden.
According to Energy.gov, households can benefit from substantial energy savings by converting to tankless water heaters:
For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24 percent–34 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. They can be 8 percent–14 percent more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water — around 86 gallons per day. You can achieve even greater energy savings of 27 percent –50 percent if you install a demand water heater at each hot water outlet. ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR qualified tankless water heater.
Cost vs. lifespan
If your conventional water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan, consider talking with the licensed professionals at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning about the advantages of replacing it with a tankless water heater. Although a tankless version costs more than a storage water heater unit, it will last 5-10 years longer and has lower energy costs. This can offset the difference in purchase prices. Massachusetts residents can also take advantage of rebates that are available through the Mass Save energy assessment program. Some qualifying homeowners are even eligible for zero percent financing.
If you want to make an appointment to discuss replacing your existing water heater or could use help with your heating system, contact Nicholson today at 508-881-1500. We proudly offer discounts for seniors, veterans and disabled individuals.