If you are buying water heater for your home, you can choose between the tankless water heater which uses natural gas or propane, or the tank type water heater that operates on electricity or gas. The energy consumption of tankless water heaters is a lot less than the tank type since you don’t use this energy until you turn on the faucet. Since the tank type water heater needs to keep 40 to 50 gallons of water hot inside the tank, then it uses more energy. Both of these water heaters give a continuous supply of hot water to the home, but the tankless heater works only with one faucet at a time. Meaning, that if you are using hot water for your washing machine and then open one or two other water outlets, it cannot therefore handle large demands compared to stocking gallons of available hot water ready to be dispensed.
While tankless water heaters are compact, this tank type heaters are very large types. However, since tankless heater has high-powered burners to produce an almost immediate hot water supply they also have special venting requirements dedicated exclusively to keep it cooler than the usual. In order for heat not to spread to another surface, proper sealing is important. With natural gas being the main power for these tankless water heaters, they need a larger diameter gas pipe which add to the initial installation cost.
Furthermore, your concern with initial cost is to make sure that your bottom line cost in pricing should include installation cost and not just the unit itself. More so, because estimating your daily volume, water pressure and the rest is not a do-it-yourself project and especially true with tankless water heaters that is even more complex you must have at least a pro-level skill.
A professional plumber is necessary to install your water heating systems in your home. With professionals, you are given expert advice on the best water heater to buy for your house, and you will be given a right over all budget for everything. And this includes its meticulous installation.
Safety standards must also be adhered to especially because you are dealing with combustibles that can easily burn down your house completely. Make sure that the water heated that you buy meets the safety standards outlines by your local government.
A lot of savings can be gained if you let your professional installer set the heater to the right temperature. If you set your temperature incorrectly, the machine will waste a lot of energy that is does not need to do the job correctly, and since it is automated, then it will continue to do so unless it is reset.