- Home Performance
Tank or Tankless? We’ll help you choose and finance the right water heater for you.
The average homeowners spends up to 30% of energy bills heating water. That’s why hot water energy efficiency is an important part of the overall energy performance of your home. Traditional storage tank water heaters create energy loss by holding standing heated water. Recently, many more energy efficient models and improvements have become available, thanks to CaliforniaFIRST financing, including: electric heat pump tank water heater, gas storage, tank water heater, hot water tank insulation and pipe insulation. The most exciting water heating alternative, tankless water heaters (also called “demand-type” or “instantaneous water heaters”), generates absolutely no standby energy losses. At Custom Exteriors, we’re bringing water heating solutions to customers across the San Francisco, Bay Area and surrounding regions.
Our Case For A Gas Tankless Water Heater
A gas tankless water heater can help you reduce your natural gas bill by over $100 per year, representing a 30% savings in water heating energy use. Most models also have a life expectancy of over 20 years with replaceable parts that can help them live even longer.
How Do They Work?
When hot water is needed, water flows and triggers a sensor that fires the burner. As the water flows through the heating elements, hot water is created on demand. Since they only heat water when it is needed, tankless water heaters reduce standby energy losses.
Although there are models that can be powered by electric or solar, California’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs like CaliforniaFIRST and HERO can finance gas-powered models. Gas tankless water heaters can produce greater water flow (gpm) gallons per minute with higher temperature rise, making them a better whole house system.
Choosing The Right Tankless Water Heater
The team at Custom Exteriors can help! The first place to start is to consider financing. CaliforniaFIRST and HERO are PACE programs that offer financing for gas tankless water heaters. Other considerations include:
What is your hot water usage? Tankless water heaters do provide consistent hot water, but have a limit. If multiple showers are running at once, for instance, you may experience some inconsistency.
Choose a product based in it’s ENERGY STAR rating. Both CaliforniaFIRST and HERO both require these ratings for financing. Plus, this rating will guarantee the quality and energy efficiency of a product.
Consider the long-term investment. Gas tankless water heaters are more expensive up-front but will save you a lot of money in the long run. PACE financing can help you pay it off and may even be transferrable to a different owner, should you decide to sell your home. Choosing this kind of water heater is an investment in your home’s long-term energy performance.
Contact us today and we’ll help you get starting with financing your brand new gas tankless water heater!
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Long time Bay Area home improvement company Custom Exteriors is helping Bay Area home owners “Go Green” with energy efficient home projects. A new division, Custom Exteriors Home Performance was formed specializing in energy efficient vinyl replacement windows, fiberglass door replacement, solar energy, replacement HVAC systems and insulation. California has long been the leader in energy efficiency with the San Francisco Bay Area willing to adopt and adapt to the new technology.