Tankless Water Heaters
For supreme energy efficiency, a propane tankless water heater is hard to beat. An Energy Star-qualified propane tankless water heater can cost about 60 percent less to operate than a standard electric storage tank, while providing a longer-lasting stream of hot water. Because a tankless unit does not need to maintain a stored water supply, it can reduce standby energy loss by up to 15 percent compared with storage water heaters.. As an added bonus, tankless water heaters take up less space, are less subject to corrosion, and can last more than twice as long as a tank-style system.
Instant heat when you want it
Tankless water heaters are "on demand" systems. When you open your hot water tap, the unit senses the demand and starts the heating process. As water flows through a heat exchanger, it quickly warms to your desired temperature. When the tap is closed, the propane heater automatically shuts off. No wasted time and more important to your pocketbook, no wasted energy.
Use more, save more
While tankless water heating systems are clearly more efficient, they are also becoming more affordable. Depending on size and volume, tankless water heaters are priced as low as $400 plus installation. While payback times will vary, a whole-house tankless water heating unit can replace a 40-gallon tank water heater while providing virtually endless hot water for all of your needs. So, if your family uses a lot of hot water each month, a propane tankless water heater can deliver instant heat and lower energy bills when compared to an electric tank unit.
3 tips for installation and maintenance
Each day, millions of people use propane for their water heating needs. If you're ready to reap the benefits of propane's exceptional energy, consider the following tips:
- Hire a professional installer. Only a qualified service technician has the proper training to install, service and maintain your new tankless water heater. For a list of professionally-trained service providers, contact your nearest propane retailer.
- Remove combustible materials. While propane is actually safer than most other petroleum-based energy sources, it's a good practice to keep the immediate area clear of cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could be ignited by the water heater's pilot light.
- Schedule an annual checkup. While tankless water heaters are virtually maintenance-free, it's smart to set up an annual appliance inspection. When performed by a qualified technician, this checkup will ensure that the pilot light and venting systems are operating at peak performance.