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Maximizing Energy Savings With Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters

It’s no secret that water heaters are a major energy drain in the home. Even if you’re not using your hot water, it’s still heating up in the tank and wasting energy. Tankless water heaters can help save money on energy costs by eliminating this issue, as well as providing you with instant hot water throughout your home—without waiting for a tank to be filled with enough hot water to use.

It’s important to know that you can also maximize your energy savings by following these 4 simple tips:

1) Install Boosters

A booster can be installed on the main water line to increase the flow of hot water. Boosters are efficient and effective for larger, multi-level homes.

Boosters are simple devices: they consist of a small pump that sucks cold water from your home’s main supply line, heats it up using electricity (or gas), then sends it back into circulation through another pipe in your home’s plumbing system.

The result is a steady stream of hot liquid without having to wait for your tankless heater to reach its full capacity before releasing any steam into your faucets’ flow paths – saving both money and time! Again, this is best for larger, multi-level homes.

2) Upgrade Fixtures

In 1992, an average flow shower head could use up to 8 gallons of water per shower. Luckily, restrictions were placed by the EPA to an average of 2.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM). Because of this, it’s essential to replace shower heads and faucets in older homes. But, even with newer construction, you should consider replacing faucets with low-flow versions that use about half as much water as standard ones.

If you’re worried about water pressure, you can rest assured that low-flow fixtures do not mean low water pressure. Modern fixtures come in two types: aerating and laminar. Aerating fixtures maintain water pressure while decreasing GPM by mixing water with air, and laminar fixtures create separate jets of water flow.

For more energy-efficient plumbing fixtures, check out our blog.

3) Check The Temperature

If you’re considering installing a tankless water heater, there are a few things to remember. First, make sure the temperature setting is correct. The default temperature on most tankless units is 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius).

If you’re worried about burning yourself or your family members in their showers or baths, consider lowering the temperature setting on your new unit from 140 F down to 120 F. This will ensure that everyone stays safe while still saving money over time through reduced energy consumption by keeping things cooler than normal.

4) Insulate

Insulating water pipes aims to ensure as little heat and energy loss as possible. Insulation installed around water pipes is a great investment for both tankless water heaters and traditional-type water heaters.

For a tankless water heater system, you’ll want to be sure and insulate the pipes around the unit. Some tankless systems have pre-insulated heater bars but be sure to check with your professional plumber technician. It’s essential to install more insulation around water pipes if you own an older home.

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric

When your hot water heater is not heating water efficiently, or you are looking for more ways to save, check out our tips above for ways to maximize your energy savings.

If you want to save money and energy, the best thing you can do is ensure the professionals at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric install your tankless water heater. Our team of technicians provides prompt, reliable service with up-front flat-rate pricing. At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric, we guarantee the job is done right the first time.