On-demand is the trend of the day!
We have on-demand movies and streaming on our TVs and smartphones, on-demand rides with services like Uber and Lyft, on-demand grocery and meal delivery, on-demand shopping from sites like Amazon and Etsy, and on-demand services for the home like cleaning, repairs and maintenance. And you can also get something as simple as cost-efficient hot water on-demand as well—thanks to propane tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters continue to grow in popularity as consumers look for ways to save energy and money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, tankless water heaters can be up to 50% more energy efficient than conventional tank water heaters, depending on how much water your home uses.
That’s because these units eliminate standby energy losses that occur in storage-tank systems because they only heat water on demand. A propane tankless unit that provides “instant” hot water is compact in size, provides superior energy efficiency, and delivers a plentiful supply of hot water. In other words, you get that on-demand hot water without a hot water tank keeping your water hot all day. No need to wait for that hot shower anymore because laundry is being done or the dishwasher is running. Tankless water heaters can meet that demand. And you don’t have to waste water waiting a long time for it to heat up so you can get in the shower as you did before.
So how much hot water are we talking about? A tankless water heater can average a flow rate of about 222 gallons per hour. That’s more than three times the delivery rate of a standard 50-gallon electric storage-tank water heater (62 gallons in the first hour). This dramatic difference in performance can mean the difference between taking a hot shower or a cold shower!
Want even more convenience? Some tankless propane water heaters even provide on-demand access with Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you can monitor and adjust it from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart home device like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.
Propane tankless water heaters offer you the savings without having to use electricity as the primary power source or needing to have natural gas lines installed. In addition, they take up less space than traditional propane water heaters.
Sounds good, right? Let’s get started learning more about how to get a propane tankless water heater into your home.
One size does not fit all when it comes to tankless propane water heaters. You can customize to suit your home and your family’s needs. Make a list of how many tubs or showers you have, and other appliances like dishwashers and washing machines that use hot water. Think about how many would be in use at one time.
Will two people be taking showers at the same time? Will someone be doing laundry while the dishwasher is running or someone else is taking a shower? These answers will help you decide what you need in a propane tankless water heater. If you’re not sure, get in touch with your propane provider and they may be able help walk you through the process. You can also take this short questionnaire to get a better understanding about your hot water needs.
You’ve done your research and have chosen your tankless water heater. Now you need to get in touch with a qualified propane contractor to arrange for your water heater installation. There are some things to consider. Thanks to tankless water heaters being so much smaller than conventional tank-style water heaters, you can install them in places normally not considered, like under sinks or in closets. The most economical choice for installation is placing it where the old tank-style water heater was, as you can use the water and propane lines that are already in place. Also consider proximity to areas that need hot water such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Accessibility is the key during those times when the water heater needs maintenance or repair. Your tankless unit should also be installed near the electrical panel.
Now that you’re enjoying the convenience and cost-savings of a propane tankless water heater, don’t forget to protect your investment with water heater maintenance.
No product is guaranteed to be perfect, and over time, some issues may occur. Expect to have your tankless water heater professionally serviced once a year. However, if you have hard water in your area, you may need to have it serviced more often. Minerals like calcium and magnesium can build up within your heater’s heat exchanger, blocking water flow and forcing your heater to work harder. You can talk with your propane service provider about your water and what it means for your tankless water heater maintenance.
Now that you know how propane tankless water heater features can make a difference in your home and in your energy bills, why not get started on reviewing your options in highly efficient, cost-saving propane tankless water heaters?