Few homeowners pay much attention to their water heater until they run out of hot water due to high demand, or it shuts down and stops working completely, or they are mopping up from a leaky water storage tank.
Under those circumstance, fixing or replacing their water heater becomes a critical need they can’t stop thinking about. If you’ve ever been in that position, you unfortunately know what I mean.
If you find yourself with one of those problems – now or in the future – you need to be aware of your options, before you call your local plumber and just tell them to “replace with the same,” so you make the right decision for your family – and for the environment.
An option quickly gaining popularity is a tankless on-demand water heater. Although tankless units are currently more expensive than traditional tank-type water heaters, their benefits far outweigh the initial price – just like most advanced technologies.
At Indy Tankless Water Heaters, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of tankless water heaters and our choice of brands is the Navien Tankless Water Heater.
Here are 5 facts about Navien Tankless Water Heaters all homeowners (and business owners) should know before they purchase their next hot water system.
Never again take a cold shower! Tankless water heaters provide hot water on-demand, which means they continuously heat water when you need it. Because a tankless system does not store previously-heated water, you do not have a limited supply of hot water that runs out and then takes a long time to be replenished. You can even take hot showers and baths while you wash dishes and do laundry.
Tank-type water heaters store hot water 24/7/365, just in case you need it. That is an incredibly inefficient use of energy (and your hard-earned money). An on-demand tankless water heater only uses energy when you use hot water, which is why Navien’s Condensing Tankless Gas Water Heaters are much more efficient and ENERGY STAR rated. Their NPE-A series of tankless water heaters is 97% energy efficient (0.97 Energy Factor). With its 0.99 Energy Factor, Navien’s NPE-S series is 99% energy efficient! The savings from installing a model from either series means it basically pays for itself over the course of its lifetime. Plus, you will cause much less harm to the environment with a condensing tankless system from Navien.
According to Energy.gov: Most demand-type tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. On the other hand, the life expectancy of a tank-type system is directly related to the warranty on the water storage tank. The least expensive water tanks will usually be covered by a warranty for only 5 years, which means they will likely fail shortly thereafter. If you factor those considerations into your decision, a tankless system becomes a more-affordable long-term alternative.
The storage tanks from old-fashioned water heaters are bulky and they take up a lot of valuable floor-space. Regardless of where your water is located (laundry room, garage, basement, or utility closet), it takes up a lot of floor space that you could use for a better purpose. A tankless water heater is a much smaller unit that is mounted on the wall. So, in addition to the other cost-savings and benefits, you’ll have additional space in your home to utilize. If you’ve been in your home for more than a few years, you know full well how precious extra floor space is. Right?
Take a shower every morning at 5:00am? All Navien NPE-A Series Premium Condensing Tankless Gas Water Heaters are equipped with ComfortFlow™ technology that includes an intelligent pre-heating function. The built-in recirculation timer saves water and money with the reduced time to deliver hot water. Navien makes rising and shining early in the morning much easier!
So, before you replace your tank-type water heater, let us help you determine if an on-demand tankless system is a good fit for your home and family. If you live in the Indianapolis area, call us at (317) 248-9668 or send us a message to learn more about the many benefits of a Navien.