Traditional hot water heaters can’t keep up with today’s appliances.
Newer solutions on the market, including tankless water heaters, change the way your water is heated.
When you turn on the tap, water flows through the unit and is heated before it reaches the faucet.
There is no storing, no useless heating and definitely no wasted energy on keeping the water at a set temperature even when you don’t use it.
Below are some tips on how to choose the best tankless water heater for your home
1. Consider the size of your home.
If your house is smaller or you don’t regularly use a lot of hot water, buy just one tankless heater for your entire home.
But if you do use a lot of hot water, you can also connect multiple units for whole-house water heating.
2. Gas or Electric?
Did you know that tankless water heaters are available in both gas and electric?
Make sure to choose the one that is most efficient for your home and your wallet.
3. Finding the properly sized tankless water heater for your home.
Unlike regular water heaters, tankless heaters are sized by the number of gallons of hot water they produce per minute (GPM), not their size.
It is recommended you make a rough list of how much water you use, and whether these usages collide with one another.
For example, you can use the rule-of-thumb sizing to do the estimation on your own.
Here are some rough estimations commonly used:
· 1 bathroom or 1-2 people requires 140,000 BTUs
· 2 bathrooms or 2-3 people requires 190,000 BTUs
· 3 bathrooms or 3-5 people requires 380,000 BTUs
Nevertheless, it is still best that you consult a professional plumber to make sure your tankless water heater is the right size for your home.
4. Call a professional plumbing company.
Even do-it-yourselfers need to call on a professional sometimes, especially to install a tankless water heater.
This way you are completely confident your system is installed efficiently, effectively and correctly.
Additionally, you can ask for advice on how to suit this system according to your individual requirements.
5. Easily maximize your water heater’s efficiency.
You can maximize the potential of your heating system by insulating all of your exposed pipes.
This will make your water output produce 2 to 4 degrees warmer when it comes out of your faucet as well as protect your home’s pipes from freezing in the winter.