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Have You Heard About Tankless Hot Water Heaters?

Have You Heard About Tankless Hot Water Heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters Are Getting Extremely Popular & They Are Green

The history of tankless water heaters began over 20 years ago, and have been used primarily in Europe and Asia since that time. They are just beginning to gain a wider acceptance for use here in the United States. Tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient than traditional hot water tanks. Why, because the heating of water is not done in the large capacity tank; it is heated as the hot water is used. Tankless water heaters also require less physical space to install. This decrease in space needed is the biggest reason why they have become so popular and more common throughout Europe and Japan.

Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. al is purposing to educate all of our customers about tankless water heater options, for home as well as business, and we have been extremely happy that many of you have chosen this new option when you remodel and upgrade your current home and office locations. We have experience in both internal and external units, tankless water heaters, and can install most manufacturers’ brands. If you give us a call, our knowledgeable customer service representatives can help you decide which is most appropriate for your needs. Here at Action, we can even perform the necessary electrical upgrades necessary for the installation of your tankless water heater. You may be wondering why it’s taken so long for the United States to adopt this new hot water option. Why not start living green now. Tankless water heaters are gaining popularity in the United States for several reasons:

Endless hot water is the number one reason. Endless hot water in your bath, kitchen, or shop is an awesome option to have, and since a tankless water heater is able to heat water on demand, the hot water never runs out. How many of us have experienced this firsthand in the shower? By using tankless systems, you are assured it will also be a good solution for homes with a tub or spa or pool as well. Large families or bigger homes with higher hot water demands, are also a great consideration if you are looking to save right now. If you currently have a 66 or 80 gallon or even 50 gallon tank and plan to upgrade, then we strongly suggest that you please consider the Tankless Water Heater as an option. You can call Action right now and request an upgrade exam to see if this is your best option.

Think of it for just a minute, endless hot water means that you will have gallons of hot water available with the turn of a faucet. In the kitchen it means a pot filler can be used and cooking takes less time and saves money in electricity. Tankless water heaters offer limitless supply of hot water when compared to the capacity of conventional water heater. Really, there is no comparison once you understand why. It’s all about the recovery rate. Tankless water heaters are compared on the basis of flow rate. Tankless hot water heaters used under the maximum flow rate at home, require no recovery, which means the hot water supply is unlimited.

Flow rates for Residential Madison tankless water heaters that heat your home’s water are measured in gallons and on the rise in heat (usually 25 or 50 degrees) and up to 8 gallons per minute. A really good way to understand flow rates is by realizing that one unit, that can heat 4 gallons per minute, is able to handle your shower and even an appliance both operating at once. Additionally, a unit that is designed to handle over 7 gallons per minute can usually work with two showers and an appliance. A cautionary note here: the hot water that flows from your faucet or shower still takes time to flow from the tankless water heater and does not, or will not give instant hot water. If you have questions about this, please call us right now. We can answer those quickly and help you assess which style and type of tankless water heater you should be thinking about.

Compact in size, tankless water heaters are going to free up additional space in your home, basement, or garage for sure. If you are considering a remodel of an income property, this is a huge long-term savings option; as the additional space can be used for a laundry room, or more space in the bath. If you have a basement, less room will be required wherever the current tank model lives. Storage could be an option as well.


Tankless Water Heaters Are Extremely Energy Efficient – Tankless water heaters are much more effective than a traditional hot water heater powered by gas. It is a fact that most traditional water heaters currently are running at only about 62% efficiency. That means you could be more that 35% more efficient. How do you arrive at that, well efficiency is a measure of heat transfer from a power source for hot water. Tankless units are normally operating in more than 80% energy efficiency capacity. What a difference. Tankless water heaters offer more energy-saving standard water heaters, because the water does not need to continuously heat, remember it heats as the water is used, and, it only heats water on demand. The effectiveness of traditional water heaters may also be reduced over time, due to the volume of sediment they usually accumulate, it takes away from the energy efficiency. With no tank, you have no worries like that, right?

Consumers shopping for a new hot water heater should be on the lookout for new Energy Star labels, which were rolled out in 2009 for the first time, giving consumers the chance to save from between 7.5% and 55% on home water-heating bills. The bigger question you may want to think about is why not decide to make that change.

Consumers, who own a tankless water heater and do not change their habits of hot water consumption, will save up to 30-60%. This means around $150-$400 in annual energy costs for heating water at home. What a great way to save right?

Tankless Water Heaters Mean High quality & A More Durable Product – Tankless units are usually the last two times as long as a traditional water heater. That is saving twice as much over the life of the unit. Now we ask you, who wouldn’t like to save twice as much as in the past right now? Yea, OMG!

Recent Home Sales Value Are Increased In many cases, homeowners can increase the value of your home sales and make it possible to recover the cost of tankless water heater they have had installed. Plus, States usually offer monetary incentives to swap out their traditional tank with a tankless water heater. Remember to check with the power company here in the Madison, Sun Prairie or Beaver Dam area for incentives as well. Discounts for these services become available all the time in our service areas. The various manufacturers could also apply and offer different discounts and credits for special models.

Now the next question is going to be what size tankless water heater should you buy? Since this will vary from home to home and from business to business, we recommend that you give Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. a call right now at (608) 837-3638 to find out more.

Currently, most major manufacturers of tankless water heaters do offer a variety of styles and varieties of tankless water heaters to make a variety of sizes. (Rinnai, American Standard, A.O. Smith, Bradford White, Eternal, Navien, Bosch, GE Whirlpool and Rheem are all national companies which manufacture quality tankless water heater products. Check with us here at Action to see if rebates apply in your area when you call.) Unlike traditional tanks, a tankless water heater has no limit on the size of its capacity flow per minute rating. The capacity is determined by the gallon per minute (or GPM). Most manufacturers typically carry units that range from four to eight GPM. It has been our experience that tankless water heater units with a GPM of less than 5 are sufficient for studio apartments and small one-bedroom, bathroom homes. If your home is larger than that we recommend that you install a unit that is a 6 to 8 GPM rated system. For very large homes there is the option of installing multiple tankless water heaters.

Now comes the money part, you need to know about how much will it cost to install a tankless unit? The normal costs for mounting and installing a tankless water heater do vary greatly. We have found that coming out to see what the plumbing is you currently have can be used, or will it need to be upgraded or changed out completely. In most cases, Action recommends that you need to request an evaluation to determine the total cost. We don’t want any surprises in cost.

Proper installation of your new tankless water heater is critical. To properly install a unit, your home or office must be equipped with gas or propane, and in general we have found the following facts helpful:

  • More than 200,000 BTU tankless heating units, have usually required us to run a dedicated gas line
  • Category 3 stainless steel air venting. It may also require us to move the unit to an outside wall
  • There Could Be additional plumbing or piping if we must relocate the unit

Action can run a dedicated power supply to the unit if it is found to be needed, and in an emergency situation, you can plan ahead in case of power failure by installing a system backup battery to offer hot water during a power outage. If you own a home and are in need of replacing your current unit, know what your current needs are and if you want to improve them. Keep in mind the most expensive could not the best for your needs depending on location and capacity needed. Here at Action, we are here to provide you with choice and opportunity to improve your system while meeting your needs. If you are building a new home or upgrading your existing hot water heater, remember to think long-term if it applies or short-term if you are selling your home. It could make a big difference for you in your decision-making process.

Having a tankless water heater in your Madison, Sun Prairie or Beaver Dam area for your home or office, which is installed properly, can greatly decrease the power usage and the help you to get more satisfaction from all your appliances. This means savings to you and is considered definitely green in case you are wondering. If you own a new home, and it is built and designed the costs for tankless units installation, count on realizing the costs to heat water in your home will be reduced significantly! If you would like to find out more information on what is out in the marketplace, and want to spend some time in the education process, we encourage you to study up then call and speak to one of our qualified staff who can help you determine options for your particular needs.

Call us today here at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. for all your tankless hot water heater needs. Don’t forget to ask about the 6 models that have Federal rebates available in the Madison area. For over 22 years, Action has been meeting the needs of our community. If you are new here, then we invite you to give us a call right now and let us help you find ways to save you and your family money in your home. Sun Prairie, WI, call (608) 837-3638.

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