There are two types of water heater to choose from which you can use in your home and these are the tankless water heater which uses natural gas or propane to operate, and the tank type water heater that operates on electric power or gas. The energy consumption of tankless water heaters is a lot less than the tank type since you don't use this energy until you turn on the faucet. Since the tank type water heater needs to keep 40 to 50 gallons of water hot inside the tank, then it uses more energy. Both of these water heaters give a continuous supply of hot water to the home, but the tankless heater works only with one faucet at a time. Meaning, that if you are using hot water for your washing machine and then open one or two other water outlets, it cannot therefore handle large demands compared to stocking gallons of available hot water ready to be dispensed.
When it comes to size, the tankless water heater is very compact which the tank types are vary large. High powered burners are present inside compact water heaters so that it can produce immediate hot water supply and in order to keep it cooler than usual they also have special venting requirements installed. In order for heat not to spread to another surface, proper sealing is important. A large diameter gas pipe in installed so that natural gas can power the tankless gas heater,
Furthermore, your concern with initial cost is to make sure that your bottom line cost in pricing should include installation cost and not just the unit itself. There needs to be professional help when estimating your daily volume, water pressure and others since you cannot make this into a DIY project since it is very complex.
You have to work with the talented plumber who is the installer to ensure that the job is done right the first time around. A professional plumber will not only give you the right over budget for your water heater but he will also give you advice on what to use for your home. And this includes its meticulous installation.
These water heater systems are combustibles that can burn down your house easily and so safety standards must be followed in their installation. Make sure that the water heated that you buy meets the safety standards outlines by your local government.
A lot of savings can be gained if you let your professional installer set the heater to the right temperature. If you set your temperature incorrectly, the machine will waste a lot of energy that is does not need to do the job correctly, and since it is automated, then it will continue to do so unless it is reset.