Plumbing Experts increase home efficiency for Austin Homeowners.

Casa Mechanical - Plumbing specialists in Austin – installs tankless hot water heaters for increased home efficiency.

With the “Go Green” initiatives, many Austin homeowners are becoming more aware of their energy consumption and ways to save energy in their homes. Often times, people consider their major appliances when they are looking for energy savings. With the advent of Energy Star appliances and government incentive programs, homeowners can take advantage of initial savings in terms of rebates and long term savings through energy efficient appliances. When considering appliance many people overlook their hot water heater. An efficient hot water heater, however, can provide energy savings of 20-50% in the average home. Tankless hot water heaters are leading the way in energy savings.

Tankless hot water heaters, aka instantaneous or on demand, provide hot water when needed without the energy loss of storage or tank style hot water heaters. In a tankless style hot water heater, water is only heated when a water outlet demands it. This helps to eliminate standby energy loss. A storage style hot water heater, heats water and stores it in a tank where standby energy loss occurs. Some key factors to consider when looking at tankless hot water heaters are: applications, fuel type and location/size/demand.

First, let’s explore applications. Application refers to the appliances and sources that will require hot water. In some cases, hot water may only be needed in a specific location in the house. In this instance, a single point or point of use heater will suffice. If there is going to be a long pipe run, a thermostatic hot water heater would serve better. Whole house units are best when multiple sources will be using hot water at the same time. Because there are so many considerations, it is best to consult with a plumbing expert in Austin, like Casa Mechanical, to assist in determining the best option for your situation.

Second, is fuel type. Tankless hot water heaters come in electric and gas options. Generally, tankless hot water heaters provide an average of 2-5 gallons of hot water/minute. While both are efficient, gas-fired water heaters usually provide higher flow rates than electric heaters. Consult with your plumbing specialist to determine the best option for your situation.

Finally, it is important to consider location, size and demand. The location of the hot water heater within the home and the amount of water demanded by output sources will significantly impact the type of unit purchased. The size of the home and how much hot water is used daily will also play an important role in the decision as well. Again your plumbing expert can assist you in determining the best option for your home.

While tankless hot water heaters can provide significant savings to Austin home owners, it is best to solicit the help of a plumbing expert if you are considering a tankless hot water heater. In addition to being energy efficient, tankless hot water heaters have the added benefits of saving space. Depending on the applications, fuel type, location/size/demand, a tankless hot water heater can provide up to 50% energy savings for your home.

Casa Mechanical provides plumbing services to Austin home owners and can assist you with choosing a tankless hot water heater for your home. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

Written by AO Design on Friday July 6, 2012
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