Do you cringe when you think of being the last person in the house to get a shower thinking the hot water will be gone by the time you get a turn? How do you feel about heating up hundreds of gallons of water while you are gone all day, just so that you will have hot water when you get home? If you shivered when you read either of these questions, then you must not have a Rinnai tankless water heater in your home.
According to Aaron Crowe at Daily Finance, the water heater in the average American home is the third most energy demanding appliance, right behind the heating and cooling of the home environment.
A water heater uses 14% of an average home’s energy costs, working around the clock to heat water for clothes, dishes and showers. A new, energy efficient water heater can cut the water heating bill in half. When replacing water heaters, consider a tankless model that only heats water on demand – particularly if you have natural gas available.
Setting the water heater thermostat to 120 Fahrenheit or lower will save money by reducing standby losses (heat lost from water heater into surrounding basement area). Using less hot water will also save money. If set too high, or at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, your water heater can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses, according to the DOE. If you have an older water heater, you can improve its insulation by wrapping it with an insulating jacket and save more than $30 per year in excess heat loss.
Traditional propane or electric water heaters keep water hot all day long, whether you are using it or not. As the water temperature falls below a certain temperature, they kick on and expend the energy to raise the temperature back up. Tankless water heaters only heat the water as you use it.
When you turn on the hot water in your home to do dishes, take a shower, or do laundry, cold water enters the tankless water heater. The combustion chamber allows oxygen to enter and ignite the flames of the pilot light and heat the water. The more water you need, the more flame is produced and the more hot water you get. This even applies if you need hot water in more than one location at a time, so you can put a load of dishes in the dishwasher and do laundry at the same time.
Being the last in the shower no longer means having the coldest shower and having hot water does not mean energy wasted by trying to maintain hot water all night and day, all year. Contact Waterheaters.com today to see what kind of water heater would best suit your home or business.