Tankless water heaters really took off during 2016 and continued to grow in popularity throughout 2017. They’re available in gas or electric models, making them a popular choice for homeowners throughout the United States. Tankless gas water heaters are the most popular type here in the LA area. Most homeowners say that they are a worthwhile investment simply due to the convenience alone. And of course we all appreciate saving money and being environmentally friendly as well.
What You Need to Know about Traditional Tank-Style Water Heaters
Tank style water heaters are roughly five to six feet tall and take up a lot of space in the utility room or closet. They hold approximately 40-50 gallons of water depending on the size. The tank is well-insulated, but it still takes quite a lot of electricity or gas to keep the water at a steady temperature.
Keep in mind that the traditional water heater is designed to maintain an interior water temperature of roughly 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit depending on your personal preferences. This means that the entire day, while no one is home, the water heater will likely kick on two to three times to maintain the temperature of the water inside.
Tankless on Demand Hot Water
We’re a society that enjoys convenience. We enjoy going to take a shower and immediately having hot water. We don’t like having to wait 20 minutes between showers or 20 minutes after the dishwasher has stopped to be able to take a shower. Tankless water heaters eliminate the wait. Your hot water is available on demand, as-needed.
Understand that Every Household is Different
Every household uses water differently. You may have a busy household whereas your neighbors are retired and don’t consume the amount of hot water that your busy family does on a daily basis. They wouldn’t necessarily benefit from a tankless water heater the way you would. Take the time to evaluate your hot water consumption before making the leap to a tankless gas water heater.
GPM and Other Factors
GPM, or gallons per minute, is one of the major factors to take into consideration when purchasing a water heater. Some shower heads are very efficient, using only 1.5 gallons per minute. Look at the consumption on your dishwasher, faucets, showerheads, and other hot-water-using appliances to calculate the GPM required. Gas tankless water heaters are ranked based on low demand, average, and limitless supply of hot water.
Licensed Plumber in Redondo Beach
We have helped many LA area homeowners install tankless water heaters. They have successfully lowered their gas bill while never having to worry whether the water will get cold mid-shower regardless of other appliances being used. Give us a call at 310-644-9757 if you’d like to explore the idea of tankless gas water heater installation in your home or office.