Comparing Tankless Water Heater Brands
Article Date: 7/8/2019 | Posted By Nick
Tankless Water Heater History 101
For more than a century, the tank-type water heater
has been the standard in our homes for heating water. The design of a tank-type water heater is ideally suited for a device that is over one-hundred years old. A giant tank of water is kept hot, twenty-four hours a day by either gas-powered or electric heating elements.
Early designs were made entirely out of rust-resistant copper, but the high cost of copper at the start of the twentieth century put them beyond the financial reach of most families at the time. It wasn’t until the 1920s that the current construction of stainless steel with a molten glass coating on the inside of the tank became available. The use of a far less expensive metal formulation made the water heater a home improvement that almost everyone could afford.
Throughout the next seven decades, water heater technology remained mostly unchanged. Sure, water heater manufacturers made improvements to the efficiency and operation of their units, but the storage tank unit is essentially the same as it’s been since 1889.
Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, new technology in water heaters has emerged; the tankless water heater. Initially conceived in 1920s Europe, the tankless water heater’s main difference from its predecessor is the lack of a water storage tank. Cold water flows into the unit and passes over several heating elements before running out of your faucets, with an unlimited supply of hot water. Since there is no tank to maintain the temperature of, and water is only heated as needed, the tankless units excel in both efficiency and performance.
Another bonus that comes along with ownership of a tankless water heater is the confidence of knowing your unit has a life expectancy of over twenty years. Compare that to a tank-type water heater that is only expected to last between seven and ten years, and you can see the added value a tankless unit can bring to your home.
Should I Get A Tankless Water Heater?
There are several important factors to consider before you have a tankless water heater installed
in your home. With the help of your plumber, you can determine how much hot water you use per day, and whether you’d benefit from installing two tankless water heater units.
At Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services, we offer tankless water heater options from several different manufacturers. Our most popular units come from brands like Navien, Noritz, and Rinnai. Each of these brands provides excellent energy efficiency, as well as stellar performance and long lifespans.
Tankless Water Heater Brand Comparison
When comparing tankless water heater brands
, the main difference between manufacturers would be technology. Navien, based in Irvine, CA, was the first tankless water heater maker to incorporate an internal recirculation system to provide instant hot water. Other tankless manufacturers have recently rolled this feature out to their higher-end units, but as is often the case, Navien was the trendsetter.
Noritz and Rennai produce tankless water heaters that are quite similar to one another in design and are generally available at a lower cost than a Noritz unit. Again, all tankless water heaters offer a tremendous value, added efficiency, and a twenty-year lifespan. Regardless of the brand you choose, you’ll be amazed at the added convenience of unlimited hot water, and even instant hot water!
Where Should I Get My Tankless Water Heater?
When it’s time to consider a new tankless water heater for your home, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services and ask us about a new tankless water heater installation
. Let one of our licensed and experienced technicians explain how a tankless water heater can benefit you and your family.