Upgrading a Home for Efficiency

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The Need for Hot Water

Modern life is about constantly moving, and few people want to wait for anything. Appliances today are often designed to get the job done faster and more efficiently, but it can come at a cost. For those who find the need for hot water seems endless, looking into purchasing and installing a tankless hot water heater can come with a few surprises. The cost alone for installation can be difficult, but few people are prepared for the energy efficiency factors.

A cascade of hot water in the shower is often a welcome respite from the busy world, and few people think about where that hot water comes from as they enjoy it. If a hot water heater suddenly stops working, it can almost seem like the end of the world. Every faucet in the house will stop delivering hot water at the same time, and calling a professional to come fix the issue is the only solution. Repair might be possible, but many water heaters need little or no repair. They generally require replacement once they stop functioning.

Tankless water heaters might seem like the perfect solution, but they usually require water lines and electrical access to be moved. They are much smaller than conventional water heaters, and they can be placed on the outside of the building or on an interior wall. The cost of installation alone might seem too much, but these heaters do tend to last twice as long as a conventional model.

Energy efficiency is important in today's world, but it is not necessarily true that a tankless heater will be able to function in that capacity. Depending upon the size of the household, hot water usage drops dramatically as the amount of hot water needed rises. The efficiency factor can be cut in half as the amount of water required doubles from the minimum, so knowing how much water is used daily should be a factor when looking into a new water heater.