In one of our blogs last weeks, we talked about the newly announced water heater regulations that are going into effect this April, and how these changes might cause some hassle for homeowners.Having better efficiency in your home is fantastic, and it can give you:
- Lower Energy Bills Every Month
- Reduced Carbon Footprint
- All-Around More Reliable Hot Water
Water heaters are a critical appliance in your home, and improving your device’s efficiency is a good thing.
But the issue for Austin homeowners isn’t that they need to invest in higher efficiency water heating devices, it’s that they will be forced to upgrade if their water heater experiences failure, and that upgrade may not go so smoothly. A direct replacement of a 40 gallon tank water heater is no problem for a Radiant Plumbing professional, but the newer models will be larger and more expensive than the current models due to their superior insulation — which could potentially mean that replacement could encounter difficulties.
That’s why we’re suggesting everyone perform water heater replacement on their older, broken down water heaters now before the April 14th deadline! Getting a direct replacement is far easier and will save you money. But there’s another option for water heater replacement we want you to know about now:
Now Is the Time To Invest in Tankless Water Heating
What is tankless water heating? Essentially, tankless heaters are different from conventional heaters in that, rather than store water at a pre-set temperature, they heat it on demand in a series of coils. This makes them significantly less expensive and more efficient than traditional tank-type models. Tankless water heaters fit the bill of the new efficiency requirements, and they provide all of the following advantages:
- Endless Hot Water- Since tankless water is heated on demand, you never need to take a cold shower after the hot water runs out again!
- Smaller Size- As opposed to bulky tank-types, tankless water heaters are small and can installed on practically any wall. Point-of-use tankless water heaters can even fit in a closet!
- Better Lifespan– Conventional water heaters generally break or stop functioning after about 10 years…but a tankless can last twice as long!