Update on Plumbing: San Diego Fascinated by New Eco-Friendly Water Heaters
After 30+ years providing the responsive plumbing San Diego installations that homeowners and businesses have needed, we are excited about the newer tankless water heaters! For decades, we have wrestled with giant, 40-gallon water heaters moving them from the backs of our trucks and into your garages. Now, we can pick up a tankless water heater with one hand and install it on your garage wall with greater ease. Believe it or not, at just 2 feet high, 14 inches wide and a few inches thick, it still powers out the hot water.
Our local clients are becoming more and more interested in having us install the eco-friendly, tankless water heater. Not only do they save money on their energy bills and gain much-needed space in their garages, they feel they’re doing the right thing for the environment by cutting energy usage, emissions and eventual waste in our landfills.
We summarize the differences between the standard, storage-style water heater and the tankless water heater here, so that you can make the best decision for your family. Higher upfront costs for the tankless system can intimidate some buyers, but like the electric car, the savings over time often outweighs the initial investment.
What Was Wrong With The Standard Water Heater In The First Place?
Waste In Our Landfills
Standard water heaters: Homeowners put 7.3 million standard water heater units into America’s landfills each year. This said, Perry Plumbing recycles old water heaters through the appliance recycling centers throughout San Diego County. See our blog post, “Recycle The Old Water Heater San Diego Style” for details.
Eco-friendly, tankless water heaters: Eco-friendly, tankless water heaters last twice as long as standard water heaters. More, eco-friendly water heaters include parts that can be recycled. Our clients who make environmental responsibility a priority typically end up with the eco-friendly and/or tankless water heater.
Standard water heaters: Because water constantly cools over time and burners are inefficient, 40% of the energy it takes to heat water in a standard, 40-gallon, hot water heater is wasted. Would you run your television all day even while you’re at work?
Eco-friendly, tankless water heaters: Heating the water only when it is needed rather than constantly heating water prevents energy waste. Eco-friendly water heaters integrate more sophisticated burners and controls that optimize rapid heating. Water starts heating when taps are opened, speed heating water that naturally reverted to room temperature. The best models are 85% efficient, meaning you lose only 15% of the energy invested. This can save 30% on your energy usage for the hot water heater.
Standard water heaters: A conventional gas hot water heater uses an average of $179 in fuel each year.
Eco-friendly, tankless water heaters: Energy Star.gov has found that families can save $80 a year or up to $1700 over the life of the eco-friendly water heater. Doing the math, you’ll see that the eco-friendly water heater is designed to last 20 years or more as compared to the standard water heater life of around 13 years. At Perry Plumbing, we found our clients save 50% in energy costs that go to heating water each year. The tankless water heater pays for itself in 3 to 5 years. Finally, since the eco-friendly tankless water heater is not holding 40 gallons ready to blow out all over your garage given a leak or weakening valve, homeowners have the potential to save money on repair costs and damage due to flood.
Potentially Less Hassle
Standard water heaters: These require just a short run of water until the hot water starts and then there’s lots of hot water . . . well . . . at least the first three members of a showering family. After that, it takes a few hours to reheat that 40 gallons of water in the storage tank. In the meantime, one family member remains a shivering, sandy mess.
Eco-friendly, tankless water heaters: With super efficient burners built-in, water heats quickly as each tap opens. Water stays hot no matter how many family members take showers. When it comes to plumbing, San Diego beach-visiting families know they’ll need the capacity for lots of sand clearing showers. Tankless water heater takes care of everyone!
Standard water heaters: bulky tank heaters can take up to 100 cubic feet in the garage. You can imagine that a 40 gallon storage water heater fits into the sizes of a typical closet.
Eco-friendly, tankless heaters: Not only are these small and wall-mounted, some models can even be installed outside.
Think The Tankless Eco-Friendly, Water Heating System May Be For You?
As we mentioned above, getting hot water without the benefit of a bulky 40-gallon tank in your garage can seem baffling. We guarantee you that modern technology has made it so! All the most effective, cost-saving plumbing San Diego needs, whether standard, cutting-edge , is right here at Perry plumbing. Call us at 619-472-2112 for same day service. Go to our plumbing discounts and coupons page to find a $150 discount on all new water heater installations. Our BetterBusiness Bureau A+ rating and scores of Google Plus four- and five-star ratings should reassure you of our expertise.