When you are in the market on what better water heater to use for your house, you either have a choice of a tankless water heater that usually operate on natural gas or propane, or the tank type water heater that also operate on either electric 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. The tank type heater on the other hand keeps around 40 to 50 gallons of hot water constantly inside the tank and therefore uses more energy. Though they both continuously supply hot water, the difference between the two is that the tankless heater works with one faucet at the time. This means that the tankless water heater cannot handle the demand if you are using more than one faucet or water outlet, unlike the tank types where you can stock gallons of available hot water which are ready to be dispensed.
When it comes to size, the tankless water heater is very compact which the tank types are vary large. 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. It must also be properly sealed to keep the heat from spreading out to another surface. In addition, natural gas burners often need a larger diameter gas pipe, which adds to the initial installation cost.
When you are concerned with the initial cost, you should remember that you have to spend for installation cost and not just the unit itself. There needs to be professional help when estimating your daily volume, water pressure and others since you cannot make this into a DIY project since it is very complex.
You have to work with the talented plumber who is the installer to ensure that the job is done right the first time around. 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.
Make sure that the professional plumber follows safety standards of installation and use since you are dealing with combustibles that can easily burn your house down completely. It is your local government that gives you the safety standards which must be met by the water heating you will install in your home.
Another way you can save when you get a professional installer is their ability to set the right temperature setting of your heater. 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.