A tankless water heater heats water on demand, thus requiring less water than a traditional system. These systems use 30 to 50 percent less energy since 40 to 50 gallons of water isn’t sitting in a tank requiring continual heating for immediate use. Tankless systems heat the water when you turn on the faucet, allowing for a continual stream of hot water. Tankless water heaters require less space than a traditional water heater.
If they are so great, why doesn’t everyone install a tankless system? While tankless systems save families money in the long run, the upfront cost is 3X to 4X a normal system. Smaller systems are available, but they may not have the capacity to support high water usage such as taking a shower and washing dishes at the same time. Higher volume systems are more expensive
Tankless units also require special ventilation requirements because they contain high-powered burners designed to instantaneously heat large volumes of water. A dedicated seal vent system or larger diameter gas cap for natural gas homes adds to the cost of installation.
The key is to determine your normal water usage, potential energy savings, amount of time you will remain in the home, and weigh the savings against the cost of the system.
KC’ Plumbing installs Navien Tankless Water Heaters. Navien’s primary condensing stainless steel heat exchangers are able to recover extra heat that could be lost in traditional tankless water heaters. Since all Navien’s tankless water heaters are condensing tankless gas water heaters the exhaust temperature remains low. In fact, the exhaust temperature is so low you are able to use PVC schedule 40 to vent the units in almost all applications. The use of PVC allows for significant installation cost savings compared to traditional tankless water heaters. Navien’s Condensing tankless water heaters provide an attractive tank replacement option giving Palm Springs homeowners exceptional cost savings during operation when compared to traditional tank water heaters.