Tankless Water Heaters
Just like tank-based water heaters, there are several different types of tankless water heaters you can choose from for your Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, or Ventura County home. When selecting a tankless water heater, you need to make sure it is properly sized for your home and hot water needs.
At Kurt Bohmer Plumbing Inc., our water heater experts can recommend the right tankless water heaters to meet all of your hot water demands. We offer a wide range of traditional and hybrid models for your home or business. Here, we will provide more information to help you decide on a tankless water heater in Santa Clarita and surrounding areas, so your home can experience the benefits of this energy-saving technology.
How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Traditional tankless water heaters, or demand-type water heaters, operate on the principle of delivering hot water as it is needed. There is not a storage tank to store hot water. Rather, when the hot water faucet is turned on, the water starts flowing through the tankless water heater at about two to five gallons per minute, which triggers a sensor.
The sensor turns the water heater on and starts creating the hot water and heats it to the desired temperature. The exact water heating process can vary based on the type of tankless water heater—electric, natural gas, etc. When you shut off the hot water, the heater also shuts off. With energy costs so high in California, a tankless water heater can deliver long-term savings in addition to its overall convenience, whether used for a bathroom, to serve an individual appliance, or for your entire home.
How Do Hybrid Tankless Water Heaters Work?
A hybrid tankless hot water heater operates in a similar way to a traditional tankless water heater, with one major difference. A hybrid tankless water heater has a small water storage tank for storing hot water. The unit’s function can be adjusted based on demand; it will switch to an electric setting if a larger quantity of water is needed, but it may also have other settings that help reduce your electric bill. An example of a hybrid model is the Eternal tankless water heater, which features a 1.9-gallon storage tank. Hybrid water heaters are 99% energy-efficient and can deliver hot water faster when it is needed.
How Do Condensing Tankless Water Heaters Work?
Another type of tankless water heater is a condensing model. With this type of tankless water heater, the system is designed to use both natural gas and heated exhaust air to heat water. It has a dual heat exchanger configuration. The use of the second heat exchanger causes condensation to form, which helps capture excess heat. Essentially, this setup recycles the heated exhaust air that is normally wasted.
Condensing tankless water heaters can be up to 90% energy-efficient. Homes that use natural gas to heat water save gas because less is needed to meet hot water demands.
Benefits of Upgrading to a Tankless Water Heater in California
California residents may be able to receive a rebate for upgrading their water heater to an energy-efficient model—but this isn’t the only advantage of choosing a tankless water heater in San Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, or Ventura County.
With conventional tank-based water heaters, they have to run periodically to maintain desired water temperatures. This results in an increase in energy usage due to heat loss.
With a tankless water heater, energy is only used when hot water is being made. Not only is the tankless water heater able to create the hot water you need, but it also reduces your energy usage.
Another great benefit is the durability of tankless water heaters. They can last between 20 and 25 years, on average, compared to 10 to 15 years for a conventional tank-based water heater.
You are also doing something good for the environment too! When your tankless water heater wears out, there is less waste compared to a tank-based unit that ends up in a landfill.
To learn more about traditional, condensing, or hybrid tankless water heaters for your home, please feel free to call Kurt Bohmer Plumbing Inc. at 661-251-5915 for a free consultation and no-obligation quote today!