In: Business18 May 2013
When most people sit down to think about where their wasted energy dollars are going they generally think about things like tv’s, dishwashers, laundry appliances and refrigerators. People seldom think of an item they use almost each and every day, their water heaters. Considering today’s technology it is surprising that more people are not reaping the rewards of using tank less systems to heat their water.
Like most other appliances the water heater has been refined for more reliability and efficiency in recent years. There has also been movement to using cost effective tank less systems. These new systems can be incorporated easily inside newly constructed homes as well as upgrading and remodeling jobs.
This is not a surprise when you understand that about 25 – 30 percent of most energy dollar cost by the typical family is spent on their H2O heating system. These dollars can add up really quickly. On demand systems are a positive way to help families lower their heating costs.
A very simple way to view this is to contrast a heating system with driving a truck. Some trucks can go 10 miles on a liter of gasoline, others get closer to 30 liters. The truck that gets 30 miles per liter of gasoline will usually be more expensive. Though, if you drive it all year it will be more inexpensive because you will require fewer liters of gasoline to go the same value of miles.
Most tank heaters have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years for the average home owner. The life expectancy for tank less systems are about 15 to 18 years overall. This is about twice as much as tank systems.
There are basically three different types of tank less systems. They are natural gas, propane, and electric. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Generally natural gas and propane are the most economical way to go. It generally costs around 3 times as much to heat it with electric power than it will with gas. The down side is it is generally much easier to run a new power line than it is to run a new gas line for your system.
Another thing to look at is these systems will supply heated H2O only on demand, as long as your water is on. Because it is hot when it is first turned on, the typical family will use fewer gallons of water because they do not have to wait for it. Electric systems can be installed virtually anyplace and gas systems can be installed in places that most tank systems could not go.
There are some minor draw backs people using tank-less water heaters will encounter. Smaller systems often will have quite a difficult time keeping hot water to several different fixtures all going at once. They may also have different flow rates and heat unevenly because of this. With the high cost of energy now and the possibility of even higher prices in the future, it is a wise choice to invest now while there are federal tax incentives for them.