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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Cold Climate Home?

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Cold Climate Home?

If you need more hot water than a standard unit can produce, a tankless water heater could be right for your cold climate home.

We get asked time and time again if tankless water heaters are good in cold climates, because let’s face it, as we all know, Western New York, for a lot of the year, is just that, cold. More and more people are turning to tankless water heaters as they have grown in popularity as a solution for on demand hot water. If you are thinking about investing in one of these energy efficient and on demand units, we are going to review if a tankless water heater is right for your cold climate home.

What is this Type of Water Heater?

In case you aren’t familiar with tankless water heaters, sometimes referred to as a demand water heaters, we are going to review.

Tankless water heaters, like standard water heaters, are what heats up the water in your home to ensure you can take a warm shower, wash dishes, etc.

With tankless water heaters, when you turn on the hot water, cold water travels through the pipes and into the tankless water heater unit where it is heated by a gas burner or an electric element. Unlike standard hot water heaters that keep gallons of water and constantly heat the water within the tank, with tankless water heaters, the water is not stored in the tank. This creates a constant supply of hot water.

Tankless water heaters take up much less space than standard water heaters, while still producing a lot of hot water. On average, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute.

A tankless water heater could be a full solution for your Western New York home, or an add-on to an already existing system. If you need more hot water than a standard unit can produce, a tankless water heater could be right for your cold climate home.

Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Cold Climate Home?

Tankless water heaters offer many benefits: energy efficient and cost savings, extended lifespan, limitless hot water, space saving, no flooding risk and more. Because of the value a tankless water heater can bring to your home, you will be happy to know that tankless water heaters can be a solution even in our cold Western New York climate.

These types of water heaters are good in basically any climate as long as they use the right type of energy to heat the water and are sized appropriately for your home.

Because we live in a colder climate area, a gas tankless unit is a much better option than an electric model because gas heated tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than their electric counterparts. Electric tankless water heaters tend to struggle to heat up water during cold weather. Even standard electric water heaters can have this problem and don’t heat water as quickly or efficiently as their gas counterparts. 

As with all HVAC and plumbing in your home, having the correct size of tankless water heater can make all the difference. One that is too small may not produce enough hot water and one that is too large may cost you more in energy expenses. A professional plumber will help you find the right sized unit for your home. They will look at the flow rate and how much a heater will need to work to raise the temperature of water in your home to determine the size.

How Can You Add a Tankless Water Heater to Your Home?

If you are tired of running out of cold water in your Western New York home, a tankless water heater may be right, even for your cold climate home. Tankless water heaters are good in cold climates as long as you find one best suited for your home.

Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help you find the right tankless water heater for your home. By heating water as its needed, there’s no limit to how much hot water these systems can provide. Plus, they’re energy-efficient, space-saving, long-lasting, and incredibly reliable.

If you’re ready to make the switch to the convenience and savings of a new demand-type water heater, call us. Our plumbers specialize in tankless water heater installation in Hamburg.

To get a free estimate, call us or request service from our team online.