By now just about everyone has heard about high-efficiency tankless water heaters—so you might automatically assume that’s what you should get when it’s time to replace your old tank.
That might be true; but instead of blindly jumping in and buying the newer, hi-tech technology, you should first evaluate your own situation.
Endless Hot Water: This is the obvious advantage to a tankless water heater in Aurora and Denver CO. If you have lots of people who consistently tend to shower at about the same time, tankless can be a huge advantage.
Equipment Cost: Tankless heaters cost about 2 to 2 ½ times MORE than tank heaters. And while there may be some ongoing utility savings (see below), the upfront additional cost is often impossible to recoup in less than 20 to 30 years.
Energy Savings: Tankless water heaters for Denver and Aurora CO are more energy efficient, although many users report that they actually take longer showers (knowing that the hot water will not be exhausted) which offsets some of the savings.
Maintenance: Tankless systems must be flushed annually to retain their efficiency and prolong their useful lifespan. You can perform the flush yourself, or hire us to do it for you.
In most cases we suggest tank water-heater installation for Denver and Aurora CO simply because it is a much less expensive solution that will still get the job done with no discernable difference. Even in cases where hot water tends to run out quickly, we will often install a second unit right next to the first one that works in tandem to effectively double your hot water capacity. This is not always an option from a space availability standpoint, and in some cases, still may not provide enough hot water. And some people just want tankless, regardless of the cost. We’re happy to install whichever you choose after we evaluate your needs and recommend the most cost-effective solution for water-heater installation in Aurora and Denver CO. Give us a call today to come take a look.
A family of two may only need a 40 gallon water heater. A family of four may need a 50 gallon water heater. A larger family or a family with members who want to take long showers may need two 50 gallon water heaters properly piped to operate in tandem as though they were one big 100 gallon water heater. And any family with a large capacity tub, jet tub, whirlpool etc and several family members may only be satisfied with one or two tankless water heaters. We should talk about your needs to help you make the best choice.
More often than not the gas piping in a home is not large enough to handle the increased load of the tankless water heater when it is replacing a tank type water heater. During the time when a tankless water heater is actually heating water it may use five times as much natural gas as a tank type water heater does when it is heating water. Do realize that the tankless water heater must create high heat to heat water very quickly (almost instantaneously). A tank-type water heater for Denver homeowners can and does take a longer time to heat all the cold water going into its tank.
When the natural gas piping must be increased in capacity there is considerable expense involved in doing so.
Cold water is standing in all of the piping between the water heater and the faucet you are using. That cold water standing in the pipes must be pushed out of the pipes and replaced with hot water behind it. Flushing out the cold water in the pipes takes time. With a tankless-type water heater in Aurora and Denver, additional time is taken because of the time it takes for the tankless water heater to get started producing hot water. It’s pretty fast getting started but it still takes time.
For a 40 gallon natural gas tank type water heater the minimum EF = .62
For a 50 gallon natural gas tank type water heater the minimum EF = .60
For a tankless type water heater the minimum EF = .82
The energy factor (EF) indicates a water heater's overall energy efficiency based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day. The higher the EF, the more energy efficient the water heater. The EF is measured in three ways: 1. Recovery efficiency – how efficiently the heat from the energy source is transferred to the water. 2. Standby losses – the percentage of heat loss per hour from the stored water compared to the heat content of the water (water heaters with storage tanks). 3. Cycling losses – the loss of heat as the water circulates through a water heater tank, and/or inlet and outlet pipes.