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Top 10 reasons why a tankless water heater is better than a traditional tank water heater.

The Top Ten List
1.   You get a continuous and endless flow of hot water.
2.   Lower operating costs—from 20% to 50% savings over tank units.
3.   $300 federal tax credit plus SCG operating incentives.
4.   Costs about the same to install as a tank water heater.
5.   Tankless do not lose heating efficiency over the lifespan of the unit.
6.   Tankless saves interior space.
7.   Tankless have a built-in scalding protection feature.
8.   Tankless have a new automatic fill feature.
9.   Tankless fill roman tubs, whirlpool tubs, and hot tubs more quickly.
10. Tankless protects your health and the environment.

Reason #1: Endless hot water.
Tankless units produce a continuous and endless hot water flow.
If installed properly and sized properly, you'll get a continuous and endless supply of hot water at a predetermined temperature. One of the real strengths of tankless is that it can be used as a booster for
hybrid hot water systems like solar hot water systems, multiple tankless systems, and so on.

Reason #2: Cheaper to run.
Tankless units have a lower operating costs—from 20% to 50% savings. A tankless water heater can reduce your energy by about 20% to 50% based on a number of factors like: how much hot water you use per day, the layout of your house, and so on.

Here's how you’ll save.
First, let’s take a look at your current tank water heater.

The Big Tank.  Imagine looking at a tank water heater while it's working. When you use a hot water device—a shower, tub, washing machine—your tank water heater does two things at the same time:  1. It sends hot water to the hot water device; and  2. It replaces the hot water you just took out of the tank with cold water——lowering the overall water temperature in the tank. This triggers the heating unit to draw more energy to reheat the water up to the set temperature.

> A tank water heater cycles on and off 24 hours a day to keep hot water in the tank.
A tank unit cycles cycling on and off whether you're using hot water or not. So it uses a lot of energy just to keep the 30 or 50 gallons of water hot. If you are like most people, your house uses hot water for about an hour per day. Yet, a tank water heater keeps the water 24 hours a day.

> A tank water heater wastes a lot of energy. To make the hot water supply last, a tank water heater heats water up to 140 degrees. So you use cold water to cool it down. With a tankless you set a temperature, let's say 120 degrees, and you have the perfect temperature without wasting energy. Furthermore, since a tankless water heater has no refresh rate (it is instantaneous), there is no need to overheat the water to 140F (or higher) as with a conventional tank.

Now, let’s look at a tankless water heater.  With a tankless water heater it only uses energy when you turn on a hot water device in your house—the tankless water heater flash heats the water and sends
it to the device. The result: you only use energy when you use a hot water device.

How much can you save?  It depends. It depends on the size of the tankless water heater,, what size storage tank you have on your tank water heater now. Having a system that eliminates the storage and heats water only as you use it can dramatically reduce your energy consumption.

In general, the bigger the house, the more the savings. Efficiency is higher than most tank type water heaters because standby losses are virtually eliminated. Energy usage can be decreased by 10% to 20% compared to a conventional tank water heater. In larger homes where dual tanks or larger tanks are used, the use of a tankless water heater in conjunction with a small tank system may offer even higher energy savings. How you can make a rough calculation. The U.S. Department of Energy assumes that most households use about 65 gallons of hot water per day. Natural gas prices per "therm" are calculated at different rates for single family homes, multifamily and commercial.

Reason #3: $300 tax rebate.
When you buy a tankless water heater you'll be eligible for a $300 federal tax credit plus you get Southern California Gas incentives.
Not only will you save every month on your energy bills from Southern California Gas, but you'll also receive a one-time $300 income tax credit on your federal taxes. Tankless water heaters qualify for the Residential Energy Tax Credit with a cap of $300.

To qualify for the income tax credit you must:
1. Purchase the qualified units no earlier than
January 1, 2006, and no later than December 31, 2007.
2. Buy a tankless water heater with an Energy Factor
of .80 or greater.
3. a home occupied by a taxpayer as their principal
residence at the time the equipment is installed.

Reason #4: About twice as expensive to install, but about the same over the lifetime of the water heater.
When you look at the cost of installing a tank versus tankless you have to
consider the "lifespan of the unit." The lifespan of a tank water heater is, on average, about six years. The life span for a tankless is about 18 years.
So, when you calculate the installation costs—"the lifetime cost of buying a tankless" it's about the same as a tank unit.

Take a quick look:
> A tankless can last 2 to 3 times longer than a tank unit because there is no tank to rust, crack, or leak and no anode rod to replace. So you'd have to buy 2 or 3 tank units, have them installed, to last as long as
one tankless.
> You get a federal government tax credit of up to $300.
> Tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes with retail price of the units in the $600 to $1300 range plus accessories and installation.

So let's look at the math for 18 years.
Because each house uses hot water differently (number of people, gallons of hot water used per day, and so on) the following is an estimate, its a rough idea. So, let's assume the average lifespan of a tank water
heater at 6 years and the lifespan of a tankless water heater at 18 years--about three times longer than a tank unit.

Reason #5: Tankless units don't lose heating efficiency over the lifespan of the unit.
This is an important issue: Tank water heaters loose their efficiency over time because the minerals in the water build up inside the tank. And, then these minerals are baked onto the interior components of the water heater—the heating elements, side walls, and so on. So as every month passes, the tank water heater looses its efficiency—and you spend more money on energy to compensate. On the other hand, a tankless stays at the same level of efficiency the day it left the factory because the tankless doesn't store water in a tank--it doesn't have a mineral problem and it
doesn't have a baking problem.

Reason #6: Tankless units save interior space.
To give you a rough idea: a tankless is about the size of a piece of carry-on luggage. A large tank water heater can take up to 16 square feet.
Tankless water heaters can be mounted indoors or outdoors.

Reason #7: Scalding protection.
Tankless units have a built-in scalding protection feature.
Tankless units can protect children and the elderly from scalding accidents by using a digital control pad like the one pictured below. Some models come with this kind of control pad that you mount at the hot water device location. For example, if you wanted to adjust the temperature of a bathtub to exactly 120 degrees, you simply go to your bathtub, adjust the temperature on the control pad to 120 degrees, and you will have a constant hot water temperature of 120 degrees coming into the bathtub.

Reason #8: Automatic fill feature.
Some tankless units have an automatic fill feature.
Some tankless units have a feature called auto fill. For a tub, it sets to fill at a pre-set temperature automatically. For a shower, it sets the temperature of the shower at a pre-set temperature.

Reason #9: Fill big tubs quicker.
Tankless units fill roman tubs, whirlpool tubs, and hot tubs more quickly.

Let's say you have a 50 gallon hot water tank and you're trying to fill up a 75 gallon whirlpool tub. By the time you put in the first 50 gallons you've
emptied out the hot water tank. Remember, that as you are filling the tub the hot water heater is putting in cold water to refill the tank. The result: you can't fill up the tub with enough hot water.

Reason #10: Tankless units protects your health and the environment.
Every time you buy a water heater you're making a decision that affects the environment and your health. When you properly install a tankless water heater you'll use less energy, use less water, reduce pollution, reduce global warming, and make your local landfill happy.

>Reduce energy consumption and its environmental impacts.
The energy you use to heat your water comes from a variety of sources: coal, natural gas, nuclear power. So when you use less energy using a tankless water heater you'll make a positive environmental impact in
the following ways:
> harmful waste bi-products
> expensive remediation costs
> depletion of the natural resource base, and
> wildlife habitat loss and biodiversity threats.

> Reduce pollution. What's so important about a pilot light?  What's so important of a pilot light? Pilot lights are a very dirty source of pollution and pilot lights are polluting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That's why organizations like the Southern Californian Air Resources Board are pushing so hard for tankless water heaters—reducing pollution by eliminating millions of standing pilot lights in Los Angeles.

> Reduce CO and Nox emissions. Some tankless models receive approval for low emissions (CO, Nox).

> Tankless water heaters are recyclable. Tankless units are almost entirely recyclable. The materials in a tankless are very different than a tank water heater.

> Tankless water heaters don't end up in landfills.  Every year more than 7 million used tank water heaters are taken to landfills in the United States. A tankless water heater is, for the most part, recyclable, so they don't end up in your local landfill. It is estimated that if people replaced
their tank units with tankless there would be a savings of millions of gallons of oil a year, millions of gallons of propane, and billions of kilowatt hours.

> Your health.  Believe it or not, hot water heaters have been
associated with Legionnaire's disease—a bacterial respiratory disease similar to pneumonia. The bacteria is sometimes found in hot water systems that stagnates like shower heads, water heaters, and faucets.

Paster Plumbing. 
We know tankless water heaters inside out.
Our technicians are factory trained by some of the largest tankless water heater manufacturers in the industry.  We service most major tankless water heater manufacturers like: Rannai, Bradford White, Takagi, Noritz, and others.  If you don't see your manufacturer listed call us for details.

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