Tankless Water Heaters
“Tankless Water Heater” or “instant” water heaters, provides on-demand hot water source at an efficient and less costly rate. If you are looking at remodeling your home in the near future or simply want to conserve energy, the old school water heater is the perfect target to get rid of. Rhino Design Build just installed a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater on a home remodel we are currently doing in the San Antonio area. We saved even more space by putting it up in the attic.
If you are looking to replace your water heater any time soon, I would recommend purchasing them online because you can get them cheaper than buying them from a major home improvement store. We order all our tankless and regualar water heater from this here: Tankless Water Heater
Check with your local city code to make sure you allowed to put one in your attic. Tankless heaters not only save several square feet of storage space and can free up some much needed closet space, but there is also an energy savings. Your typical water heater is constantly working to heat the water to its hot temperature. Even when you are at work or on vacation, your water heater is always working. By getting rid of that old stand up tank water heater and updating to a tankless water heater, you only use the water when you need it. Typical tankless water heaters can be about 35% more energy efficient than traditional water heaters for a home that uses about 40 gallons of hot water a day.
Depending on the extent of their use, tankless heaters can yield energy savings of up to 50% if they are installed in a strategic and advantageous manner. Since approximately 15% of the total energy expenditure of a typical household goes to heating water, the benefits can be very noticeable when it comes time to pay your CPS bill.
Like most ‘green energy saving’ products, the up front cost can be substantial, but saves money over the period of the product’s lifespan. For most of my clients in Alamo Heights, Terrill Hills and the San Antonio area that want to ‘go green,’ updating to a tankless water heater is an effective way of achieving that goal.” Danny Garcia, owner of Rhino Design Build, LLC in San Antonio, Texas.
Solar water heating is the most “green” way to go about heating water, but the current technology is still very expensive. The next best step is “going tankless” with an electric or gas-powered heater. Most of my plumbers recommend the gas powered water heater because it saves on electricity and is more effective. Just be aware that gas-powered models rely on either propane or natural gas and require stainless steel venting accessories that can run up the purchase by an extra few hundred dollars. For electric water heaters, consult with a reputable electrician, who can recommend voltage and survey your home for circuits. Most retailers sell heaters that will accommodate voltages of 110, 120, 208, 220, 240, and 277. For gas, the decision comes down to propane or natural gas and considering where the vent will go.
Tankless Water Heater last for about 20 years, compared to the 10-15 year lifespan of the old school water heater tank. And tankless heaters feature easily replaceable parts that can extend its lifespan years beyond that. Tax credits are available for making the improvement, which can save you hundreds of dollars. Check with CPS and the Federal Government on rebates available.